Thu. 1 Feb 2018, 8:30 am

Codeine Rescheduling

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    Codeine, Dependence, TGA

From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine were upscheduled, meaning that they are no longer available without a prescription. The decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to reschedule codeine products is based on research which reveals that "current over-the-counter low-dose (<30 mg) medicines containing codeine for pain relief offer very little additional benefit when compared to similar medicines without codeine. The use of such medicines however, is associated with high health risks."  With many patients, clients and AOD treatment services anxious about the impact of this change, we've pulled together a list of some of the most helpful websites and resources you can refer to.

  • TGA's Codeine Information Hub: here
  • TGA Tip Sheet for Codeine Prescribers: here
  • Queensland Health Codeine Rescheduling Information: here
  • Queensland Health printable poster to display to patients / clients: printable poster (PDF 1406 kB)
  • NDARC Codeine Factsheet: here 

Still looking for more information?

Dr Jeremy Hayllar will also be presenting on codeine rescheduling as part of our Insight Seminar / Webinar series on Wednesday 21st March at 10:00am AEST.

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