Hills Gazette - - NEWS - – AMA (WA) pres­i­dent Dr Omar Khor­shid on WA Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook join­ing a push with other State min­is­ters to re­verse the de­ci­sion to make codeine prod­ucts avail­able by script only

THE de­ci­sion by the Ther­a­peu­tic Drugs Ad­min­is­tra­tion (to make codeine prod­ucts avail­able by script only) was a good one, based on sci­en­tific ev­i­dence and years of re­search into the use and abuse of codeine.

Codeine is dan­ger­ous, reg­u­larly abused and in­volved in many drug-re­lated deaths. It is ap­pro­pri­ate that the sup­ply of a drug that is so ad­dic­tive and so eas­ily abused has much stricter reg­u­la­tions.

The TDA rec­om­men­da­tion was a timely one that will save many lives and re­sult in the use of other pain man­age­ment drugs that are not only safer, but more ef­fec­tive. The TDA de­ci­sion was also en­dorsed at the time by health pro­fes­sion­als.

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