Clamp on sale of medicines containing it
New regulations aimed at reducing codeine addiction will now see painkillers, cough syrup and other medication containing codeine only available through pharmacy dispensaries, with some only available with a prescription.
Klinicare Pharmacies founder and managing director Deon Schoeman said codeine abuse in Port Elizabeth was rife.
“We even had addicts bribing parking lot attendants to buy medicine containing codeine for them.”
Schoeman said he did not advertise special prices for medication containing codeine.
“I also stopped carrying some cough syrup with codeine as the abuse was just too rife,” he said.
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