Codeine to become script-only from 2018

GPs can expect to begin writing plenty of scripts for Panadeine, Nurofen Plus, and similar codeine-containing medications from 2018 after the TGA decided to upschedule the opiate.

Announcing the rescheduling decision on Tuesday after an intensive period of deliberation and consultation, the TGA referenced “compelling evidence” of the harms caused by abuse and overuse.

It said misuse of over-the-counter codeine is contributing to “severe health outcomes” including liver damage, stomach ulceration and perforations, hypokalaemia, respiratory depression

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