oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Codeine care : mitigating abuse and misuse : pharmaceutical practitioner

Volume 80, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



A method to accurately screen and control the sale of codeine-containing products in South Africa at pharmacy level.

Pharmacists are the custodians of medicine, and not merely traders in potentially harmful goods. However, the nature of the profession suggests that there is always risk involved in the treatment of patients or consumers with medication. It is the pharmacist's responsibility to see that he or she applies his or her thorough knowledge to weigh up the risk and benefit ratio of each individual treatment regimen for each patient or consumer, and to advise them accordingly.

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