Pharmacy judged on harm minimisation of codeine-based drugs

 In Australia, NewZealand, Pharmacy, Priceline
The continuation of current scheduling for codeine-containing products will be dependent upon attempts by pharmacy to reduce harmful misuse, a leading pharmacist believes.

Speaking at the launch of a new joint Pharmacy Guild of Australia/PSA initiative to promote safe use of codeine-containing drugs, Irvine Newton, chair of the PSA Harm Minimisation subcommittee said the profession would be judged on its successful implementation, and a reduction in harmful use of these medicines. 

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The initiative, promoted by Reckitt Benckiser, will see warning labels placed on all Nurofen Plus products in 2014. 

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As an interim measure until packaging changes are implemented, pharmacists will receive in the next fortnight a kit containing warning stickers that can be used on all over-the-counter (OTC) codeine-containing products highlighting the recommended period of use for pain relief of three days and that codeine can cause addiction. Contact – Read more…

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