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Australia To Consider Removal Of Popular Painkiller From OTC

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Australia authorities are considering a move to remove over-the-counter status for one of the country's favorite painkillers, Nurofen's Nurofen Plus (ibuprofen, codeine phosphate). An advisory panel has set a June meeting to consider the proposal to move Nurofen Plusand similar painkillers containing codeine to prescription-only status. Physician and pharmacy groups say the move is too drastic and suggest an alternative could be limiting the size of packets of the drugs. The nation's leading medical journal reported misuse of such drugs, particularly Nurofen Plus, is a significant problem in the country. (Click here for more



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