No more Codral codeine


Johnson & Johnson Pacific has confirmed that it will discontinue its codeine-containing Codral formulation

The current formulation containing low-dose codeine is being phased out, a spokesperson for the company told the AJP today.

“To meet the implementation date of 1 February 2018 and to ensure a stable supply of Codral products to consumers, a range of codeine-free Codral products is available to consumers now.

“Codral will continue to be formulated with high-quality ingredients that provide efficacious relief from cold and flu symptoms, and consumers can confidently rely on the wide range of Codral cold and flu medicines.

“Current formulations that include codeine will remain in market until 1 February 2018 or until stock runs out, whichever occurs first.”

GSK announced in March 2017 that it would pull its OTC codeine range ahead of the upschedule, including the Panadeine range, while Bayer is also discontinuing codeine-containing cold and flu tablets.

In August 2017, NPS MedicineWise revealed figures which showed that Codral Cold and Flu tablets were among those misused by Ausralians.

Twelve per cent of respondents to its survey said that they had exceeded the recommended daily dose of widely-used medicines such as paracetamol/codeine, ibuprofen/codeine and Codral Cold and Flu tablets.

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9 Comments

  1. Debbie Rigby
    21/11/2017

    👏 time to stop rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

  2. BILL ARNOLD
    21/11/2017

    Will there be a name change ? Back in the day, Codral begane life as a competitor for Panadeine. CODeine plus paRacetamOL > CODRAL. And PAnaDEINE no doubt had a similar genesis.

  3. Mathew Palmer
    23/11/2017

    Great, this new law will ruin countless peoples lives.
    And force innumerable people into doctors offices , spending more time, more money, all over a harmless low dose opiod pain medication that is a life saver to millions of people. that has been over the counter for
    100+ years . Paracetamol , Aspirin, ibuprofen are the over the counter pain medications that KILL or destroy organs of millions of people single everyday . NOT low dose codeine products.

    • Michael Sim
      31/12/2017

      I’m lucky in that I and my family have never been among those with a opioid dependency. But I can whole heartedly say that I am not looking forward to the next dose of the flu to hit my household as Phenylephrine does absolutely nothing for myself or my wife.

      • Jarrod McMaugh
        31/12/2017

        Speak to your pharmacist. Brands with pseudoephedrine are still available

        • Mathew Palmer
          02/01/2018

          pseudoephedrine is just as addictive as low dose codeine , there is no difference at all . And pseudoephedrine is damaging to the heart long term , and causes irregular heart rates , codeine is better!

          • Stephen O' Hare
            17/11/2018

            Jarrod was replying to Micheal Sim that Pseudoephedrine can be found in other formulas because of Phenylephrine not working to relieve their blocked heads during a flu ,,seeing that Codral cold and flu original will no longer be available ,,, Love ya passion though Mathew ,,I have always argued that the little blue 30mg Codeine tablet should be available so we don’t have to kill our bodies with 500mg of Paracetamol with every tablet , Codeine being banned has back fired terribly now making doctor surgeries cut visiting times to 2 minutes and shoving you out the door with No Blood Pressure Check or Heart Beat Check or even Weight Check because they Have All double / triple booked to cope with the influx of patients ,,stupid government thought people would just stop taking Codeine BUT the amount of people that took Codeine with NO abuse issues have now flooded Doctor Surgeries to obtain Pain Relief ..No,1 Stuff Up

      • Mathew Palmer
        02/01/2018

        cold and flu’s is just one health concern that codeine is used for, it is a multi-usage drug for countless types of pain problems , dry coughs , flues etc.. and every other over the counter product does not even remotely compare to the effectiveness of codeine, that is why everyone uses it first before all other medications for pain and flus
        who cares if a person has a dependency to codeine? that is a small price to pay for proper pain release. this is low dose codeine ,
        and NOT morphine , NOT heroin, NOT oxycontin etc..
        The only reason this new law is being put forward is because of idiot children swallowing whole boxes at once “40 tablets” in one go and repeat that over several days then get Liver failure from all that paracetamol mixed with the low dose codeine products. No one has evre over dosed from the low dose codeine ever !! it is not possible .and it is very hard to get addicted to low dose codeine products anyway in the first place . the dosage is just to low too

  4. Stephen O' Hare
    17/11/2018

    Love ya passion Mathew ,,I have always argued that the little blue 30mg Codeine tablet should be available so we don’t have to kill our bodies with 500mg of Paracetamol with every tablet , Codeine being banned from over the counter has back fired terribly now making doctor surgeries cut visiting times to 2 minutes and shoving you out the door with No Blood Pressure Check or Heart Beat Check or even Weight Check because they Have All double / triple booked to cope with the influx of patients ,,stupid government thought people would just stop taking Codeine BUT the amount of people that took Codeine with NO abuse issues have now flooded Doctor Surgeries to obtain Pain Relief,,,,Now on their 3rd visit to the Doctors for their Panadeine Plus tablets the Doctors say’s “”Look ..lets try you on 5mg Endone tablets “”” 12 months later the patient is on 300mg Lyrica and 50mg Kapanol Caplets ( Morphine ) ..Its an absolute No,1 Stuff Up ,,,,,Or Is It ??? People need to open their Minds And Eye’s and look at their desired End Game and Who are the winners and losers and Why ,,And It Has Nothing To Do With Health,,,,Your Welcome : )

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