As of yesterday, codeine-containing medicines that were once freely available over-the-counter now require a prescription, thanks to new regulations introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
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From February 1, 2018 all products that contain codeine will only be available for sale in pharmacies with a prescription. This means you won’t be able to buy brands like Nurofen Plus, Panadeine or Panadeine Extra over the counter at your local pharmacy without a prescription from your doctor.
Three claims have been used to justify pulling codeine from sale without a prescription - and they're all wrong