Proposals to ban display of codeine - The Irish Times - Tue, Dec 22, 2009
Products like Neurofen Plus, Solpadeine, and codeine based cough medicines will be banned from public display next year. These products will be stored out of sight in the dispensary, and the purchaser will be advised on the appropriateness of taking such products.
This action is being taken because codeine is a controlled drug and can be addictive. However statistics state that in 2008, 84 people are registered as addicted to codeine out of the total adult population of Ireland.
If these products are so harmful, and patients have to whisper their need to buy them to the pharmacist, who will then give a big lecture on the dangers associated with them.... well then these products should be the subject of a doctor's prescription IMV.
I realise that codeine products can be addictive, but I'd suggest that the vast majority of people understand this and take the product for pain in short doses. Those who take more than the safe dose, or for long periods may have a problem, but hiding them in the dispensary is not going to stop that. They are legally available over the counter despite not being on view.
However I think it will make people think again about buying them if it is easier to buy a box of paracetemol or aspirin.
What do you think of this measure?