Codeine to require prescription from 2018

Australians will require a prescription for Cold and Flu tablets and some cough medicines from 2018, in an attempt to cut-down on overuse abuse of the pain killer codeine.

After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions on the proposal, the Therapeutic Goods Administration made the decision to stop products with codeine from being available over the counter.

These changes will come into place on February 1, 2018.


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