Drug change today
Thursday, 1st February, 2018
By Myles Burt
As of today, codeine products will no longer be available over-the-counter as the government moves to curb problems with addiction.
Pharmacist Jason Harvey from Temby’s Chemist said he did not have the massive rush of purchases before the deadline that was anticipated.
Mass production of codeine products have slowed to rebrand and repackage for prescription use.
Mr Harvey said that they’ve not been able to supply some of the products people usually require.
“We’ve actually been struggling to get codeine products into the shop,” he said.
Mr Harvey said Broken Hill people had been understanding about the codeine switch, with most understanding that it’s not the doing of pharmacists.
Temby’s Chemist has been sent a lot of information about speaking with customers looking for codeine products, even what to do if customers get aggressive.
“We’ve had a bit of a discussion about this and we know the plan going forward,” he said.
Codeine products are very popular due codeine being an opioid, making it addictive for customers who overuse.
Mr Harvey hopes that locals who are in need of products with codeine seek consultation with their GP, and look for alternative solutions on pain medication.