Move to halt codeine abuse

NOT SO FAST: Pharmacist Deon Schoeman with medicines containing codeine. New restrictions have been placed on how pharmacies sell them to address addiction problems
NOT SO FAST: Pharmacist Deon Schoeman with medicines containing codeine. New restrictions have been placed on how pharmacies sell them to address addiction problems

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.

-Estelle Ellis 

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