Guild gets creative with scheduling
The TGA may be the last word on patient safety but its decrees don’t matter much if you are the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Eight months ago, the regulator said it would up-scheduled codeine, banning the drug from being dispensed over the counter, in order to curtail its rampant misuse.
This reform was done to reduce real harms and the misery of addiction.
But it has emerged that the guild has written to its 4000-plus members telling them not to worry about the impact of the ban (and the potential loss of $145 million in codeine sales) when it comes into force next year.