Pharmacists unsure over codeine future


Poll reveals strong division among profession on what will happen to codeine-containing medications

The pharmacy profession is unsure over whether codeine-containing medications will be upscheduled, according to the latest AJP poll.

The 384 votes received on the poll are evenly split between the three main options.

Slightly ahead in the poll was the vote for ‘no’ codeine would not be upscheduled – with 139 (36%) of voters choosing this option.

In total, 135 voters (35%) thought codeine would be upscheduled when the TGA

Another 28% of voters said the TGA would once again defer a final decision on the scheduling of these medicines.

A final decision on the long-discussed rescheduling is expected by the end of 2016, after Health Minister Sussan Ley telling the ASMI conference in October that it would likely be delivered before the end of the year.

Currently the Department of Health is completing a regulatory impact statement on the proposals and a decision will be made public before the next round of scheduling decisions are announced.

News Corp publications have also been reporting that a decision will be passed down within weeks.

The TGA initially posted an interim decision recommending that all over-the-counter medicines containing codeine be rescheduled to become prescription-only medicines in October 2015.

A final decision has been postponed a number of times since this date

The Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) met on 15 March 2016 to consider the public submissions received following the release of the interim decision.

The consultation on the interim decision attracted a large number of submissions.

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1 Comment

  1. Nicholas Logan
    02/12/2016

    Maybe the profession is not so “divided” but completely unsure of what decision will be made despite available evidence.

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