Rescheduling of Codeine Update
Thursday, November 09 2017
From 1 February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine will no longer be available without prescription in pharmacies. A consultation with a doctor will be the only way for people to obtain codeine-containing medicines after this time. It is unclear how many people will present to medical practitioners to obtain codeine-containing medicines.
The decision made to change the schedule of codeine to Prescription Only (S4) was based on research showing that over-the-counter doses of codeine offer very little additional benefits when compared to medicines without codeine. However, codeine is associated with higher health risks, such as tolerance, dependence or addiction and even accidental or intentional poisoning/overdose.
The attached PDF contains information about who is expected to be affected by these changes and details links and resources.