CHANGES TO OTC CODEINE

From 1st February 2018 medications containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter (OTC). This decision was made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who concluded that these medicines have little benefit but are associated with higher health risks including addiction.

This change is an opportunity for GPS and pharmacists to help people who have been using OTC codeine find alternative treatments that are effective and have a better safety profile .