Pharmacists push for codeine monitoring over rescheduling

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is piloting a real-time monitoring system for OTC codeine that it hopes will persuade the government against rescheduling the drug to prescription-only status.

Australian pharmacies sell about 15 million packs of OTC codeine a year, a figure that is under threat if the TGA's rescheduling proposal goes ahead.

The Federal Government recently deferred any action on rescheduling for a year.

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