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What's New

Change in classification for codeine-containing medicines

From 5 November 2020, all codeine-containing medicines will be prescription medicines, including the combination codeine products currently available over-the-counter.

This change has been made to enable people who need pain relief to get the best advice before making an informed choice regarding their pain medication.

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