Pharmacy and Poisons Board says Codeine ingredient is safe

All medicines that contain codeine will no longer be sold in pharmacies or chemists without a valid prescription from a duly registered medical practitioner to minimise risks of overuse and addiction.

The Pharmacy and Poisons board Registrar Dr. Fred Siyoi said medicines that contain codeine have been rescheduled from Pharmacy Only Medicines (P) to Prescription Only Medicine (POM) to curb misuse.

He said all valid prescriptions should have details of a Patient’s name, address, age, medical Practitioner’s name, address, and their registration number from Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.

Addressing Journalists in Nairobi , Dr. Sivoi said they should also include the Medicine name, strength and their dosage form Quantity prescribed in words and the figures in brackets, signature of the Medical Practitioner handwritten using indelible ink.

No refill will be allowed for prescriptions with medicines that contain codeine, said Dr. Siyoi.

He asked all marketing authorization holders to make arrangements in the next six months to change packages of medicines that contain codeine to include clear and prominently positioned warnings on the label.

Primary and secondary package which include Summary Product Characteristics (SmPC) Patient information leaflet (PIL) and about the risk of addiction, and the importance of not taking these medicines for longer than three days, said Dr. Siyoi

Source: Kenya News Agency