Panadeine Forte scripts soar after February scheduling change

Kastrinakis gives insights on the analgesic market

Prescriptions for Panadeine Forte and its generics appear to have sky-rocketed since 1 February.

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Advantage Pharmacy CEO Steven Kastrinakis says demand for the 30mg codeine/500mg paracetamol combination could have jumped by as much as 46%, based on the number of units dispensed by his group.

At the same time, the number of packs of low-dose codeine products has decreased by 80%, according to sales data from 14 of his pharmacies.

The figures indicate upscheduling has successfully reduced the use of low-dose codeine products, Mr Kastrinakis says.

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