Codeine re-scheduling has not led to increased opioid prescribing

The 2018 ban on over-the-counter sales of codeine has not led to increased prescribing of higher strength codeine or switching of patients to other pharmaceutical opioids, PBS figures show. In fact, overall opioid prescribing in Australia has declined since codeine was rescheduled contrary to fears expressed by some groups. The up-scheduling of codeine by the ...

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