Pharmacies launch real-time codeine monitoring trial

A LARGE-SCALE pilot program testing the efficacy of real-time monitoring of codeine-containing medicines is to kick off soon in 150 Australian pharmacies.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is proceeding with the trial as pharmacy attempts to retain access to S3 codeine products following last year’s deferral of the proposed rescheduling of these medicines.

The Guild, along with industry groups and some allied health professionals have argued that real-time monitoring in community pharmacy would be more effective and economical than up-scheduling in identifying at