You Won't Able To Get This Over The Counter Anymore
Bad news everyone. Medications like Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and some Cold and Flu tablets containing codeine might soon need prescriptions.
A battle between chemists and doctors has now broken out, with each side arguing their opinions. Chemists, who will obviously be profiting from over the counter medications, are countering the doctors' arguments that some of these medications can be dangerous.
An expert committee will begin the decision making process on whether anything with codeine as an ingredient will be available by prescription only.
Over 460,000 Australians use medicines containing codeine, and experts are worried that it's very easy to become dependent on it.
The debate between experts will no doubt be an ongoing process, so there will be more news to come.