The ban on OTC sales of codeine by pharmacies has halved consumption without increasing use of higher strength prescription formulations of the opioid. Last year’s legislative changes making codeine prescription-only has led to an almost 7000 kg drop in the amount of the medication being supplied to patients. Figures released by the Therapeutic Goods Administration ...
Codeine use halved following OTC ban
By David Rowley
30 Apr 2019