Doctors tell politicians to ignore Guild on codeine

Doctors have told health ministers not to fall prey to the Pharmacy Guild of Australia's “misleading and confusing messages” as it lobbies for codeine to remain available over the counter.

A letter (see below) signed by the RACGP, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Consumer Health Forum urges ministers not to undermine the TGA’s decision to make codeine Schedule 4 from February next year, saying patients’ lives are at risk.