Poll: Prescription—except when codeine

Schedule 3 - pharmacist holding out pill bottles

What do you think of the proposed ‘Prescription—except when’ model for codeine?

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve heard a lot from stakeholders about the Guild’s ‘Prescription – except when’ model, which it hopes will be implemented when codeine-containing OTCs are upscheduled next year.

This model would see continued non-prescription dispensing of these preparations under certain circumstances: such as severe toothache where a dentist’s surgery is not open, after hours or in rural areas without services.

The Guild is working with the PSA and other stakeholders to develop a protocol around this model and the training pharmacists would need were it implemented.

Doctors, perhaps predictably, condemned the idea.

We’d like to know what you think. Do you support ‘Prescription—except when’? Feel free to tell us why (or why not!) in the comments.

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