Patient wins constipation compo case

Forestry worker developed bowel injury from the opioids his GP prescribed, tribunal rules

A forestry worker has won the right to worker’s compensation after a tribunal ruled his debilitating constipation was caused by GP-prescribed codeine.

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The 59-year-old’s bowel symptoms were due to opiate medication use, most commonly Panadeine Forte, the SA Employment Tribunal found.

The Forestry SA worker, Kenneth Weavers, was prescribed 800 Panadeine Forte tablets over a 22-month period by his GP, starting in November 2016, to help control pain from a knee injury incurred at work more than two years earlier.

He took