Codeine Medications - stop prescription only legislation.

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia ( TGA ) have decided to make the supply of codeine containing over the counter drugs available by prescription only. This includes paracetamol/codeine and ibuprofen/codeine medications.

Many responsible people use these drugs safely for severe pain control which includes migraines, bad backs, dental and period pain.

The AMA will have you believe that codeine does not help with pain. But as anyone who takes codeine for severe headaches and other pain will tell you this is rubbish, codeine is the only drug that provides them with relief.

It may not be classed as a pain killer but it certainly provides relief for thousands of people by other modes of action.

Just because a few people become addicted or sufferer serious consequences everyone else has to suffer.

Not to mention the extra cost and burden it will put on the medical system, pharmacies and consumer.

Enough of the nanny state, its time to take responsibility for our own actions.

I think the current system works well and can be used to check on peoples purchases and identify overuse.

I hope you will sign this petition to support the current system and keep codeine as an over the counter drug.



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