Upscheduling of codeine ‘a blunt instrument’, says Guild

Making all codeine medicines prescription-only is “a blunt instrument”, ineffective against abuse and with potential unintended consequences, says the Guild.

Responding to  pain specialist Professor Stephan Schug’s widely distributed statement: four reasons why codeine should not be OTC, a Guild spokesperson says the organisation has consistently argued that making all codeine prescription-only would be ineffective against abuse and could have
unintended consequences such as increased use of higher-strength pain medicines in larger packs, or more potent

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