Date of prep: December 2020
Prescribing information and
adverse events reporting
For healthcare professionals only
I think over the counter abuse of opiates is significant. In my experience, so many sales are for combined opiate preparations like co-codamol.
I am very cautious and strict about codeine sales over the counter. I have seen people slide into addiction.
There is not enough regulation around over the counter codeine and sales are too frequent. Codeine sales should be suitably counselled and monitored.
The GPhC have taken enforcement action against six separate pharmacies relating to unusually high volumes of sales of codeine linctus.
In February 2018, codeine access in Australia changed from access without a prescription, requiring interaction with a pharmacist to prescription only.
As pharmacy professionals, it is our duty of care to ensure that patients receive treatment suited to their needs, in order to provide optimal benefit. An issue that is well known in pharmacy practice is that of over-the-counter pain relief. These consultations can be difficult as it is often hard to determine whether the […]