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Revised: 26 September 2017

Classification Database

Database updated: 18 August 2017


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This database can be used to check the classification of medicines (including general sale medicines and controlled drugs used as medicines).

The information in this database has been compiled from entries in the First Schedule to the Medicines Regulations 1984, the Schedules to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and the Medsafe record of some general sale medicines. Refer to these legislative documents for an accurate record.

Note, every reference to a medicine in the First Schedule to the Medicines Regulations 1984 applies whether the medicine is synthetic in origin or is from biological or mineral sources.

Unless specific reference is made otherwise, every reference applies also to medicines that are -

  • preparations and admixtures containing any proportion of any substance listed in the First Schedule:
  • salts and esters of any substance listed in the First Schedule:
  • preparations or extracts of biological materials listed in the First Schedule:
  • salts or oxides of elements listed in the First Schedule.

Unless specific reference is made otherwise, every reference to a medicine in the First Schedule applies -

  • if the medicine is an injection or eye preparation, to any concentration of the medicine; and
  • if the medicine is not an injection or eye preparation, only if the concentration of the medicine is greater than 10 milligrams per litre or per kilogram.

Where any reference is modified by a statement of the strength of the medicine, the strength is calculated using the free acid, base, alcohol or element unless specifically stated otherwise.

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