Codeine crackdown: concerns change fails to consider pain treatment and addiction

 In Australia, NewZealand, Pharmacy
Australia’s move to limit codeine products to prescription only has sparked concerns about added medical costs, and been criticised for failing to deal with barriers to addiction and pain treatment.
Drugs like Panadeine and Nurofen Plus will require a doctor’s prescription from February 2018 due to rising concerns about addiction, fatal overdoses and other harm.
While the move was backed by doctors, pain and addiction medicine advocates say the flow-on needs of addicts and those who use the drugs for intermittent pain has been overlooked.
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