Codeine - NSW ‘go-it-alone’?

Pharmacy Daily - - Front Page -

A COM­BI­NA­TION of real-time mon­i­tor­ing and New South Wales min­is­te­rial reg­u­la­tion could see the state “go it alone” on al­low­ing phar­ma­cists to sup­ply codeine-con­tain­ing prod­ucts un­der spe­cific con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia (PSA) NSW Branch pres­i­dent Univer­sity of Syd­ney Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor Peter Car­roll.

Car­roll has writ­ten to NSW Health Min­is­ter Brad Haz­zard, ex­plain­ing that con­cerns about in­ter­state in­con­sis­tency need not hin­der a lo­cal de­ci­sion to ben­e­fit pa­tients, as there are al­ready dis­par­i­ties be­tween dif­fer­ent ju­ris­dic­tions.

Car­roll pointed out that even though vac­cines are Sched­ule 4 medicines in all states, NSW reg­u­la­tions al­low diph­the­ria, te­tanus and per­tus­sis vac­cine, as well as in­fluenza vac­cine to be ad­min­is­tered to pa­tients by ap­proved phar­ma­cists with­out a pre­scrip­tion un­der ap­proved pro­to­cols and con­di­tions.

In Queens­land dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments ap­ply, with measles, mumps and rubella vac­cine also able to be ad­min­is­tered by ap­proved phar­ma­cists.

On, or be­fore 01 Feb the “NSW Health Min­is­ter, or any other State Health Min­is­ter for that mat­ter, could reg­u­late to man­date real time mon­i­tor­ing of the sup­ply of low dose codeine-con­tain­ing prod­ucts in all phar­ma­cies, and al­low phar­ma­cists to sup­ply low dose codeine-con­tain­ing prod­ucts (up to 3 days’ sup­ply) with­out a pre­scrip­tion for the treat­ment of acute, short term pain,” Car­roll ar­gued.

The end re­sult would then “be iden­ti­cal to the sit­u­a­tion that ex­ists for vac­cines,” Car­roll added, plead­ing with Haz­zard to “do this in the in­ter­ests of the hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple in NSW who use these prod­ucts safely and ap­pro­pri­ately for the short term treat­ment of acute pain such as mi­graine, toothache and pe­riod pain.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.