Community pharmacies across Australia will soon receive resources designed collaboratively by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) in preparation for the 1 February 2018 transition of medicines containing codeine becoming Prescription Only.
The Guild and the PSA are committed to ensuring that rigorous, safe and patient-focused solutions are in place to enable this change, which will affect an estimated one million patients in 2018.
The two organisations have collaborated to develop a package of materials - designed to support pharmacists and consumers - which reflect a whole-of-pharmacy approach to ensure the entire pharmacy sector is prepared for the change.
The Guild and PSA have also worked together to develop specialised online training modules and tools for pharmacists and pharmacy staff to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. The materials to be provided to pharmacies include: