Pure speculation ahead that it'll happen in 2018...what is your prediction????
Discussion of moving 8mg codeine products from non-prescription to prescription have been occurring for many years now
See Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health's comments in 2016 here:
See Canadian Pharmacists Association submission to Health Canada in 2017 here:
As well as Ontario Pharmacists Association submission to Health Canada in 2017:
It also appears that acetaminophen with codeine as well as acetylsalicylic acid with codeine are on back order (but perhaps not all sources are depleted yet). While I have seen numerous back orders over the years, I don't recall one where both were on back order.
There is a small part of me that wonders if Health Canada has informed the producers of the upcoming legislative changes and warned them to start preparations (labelling/packaging).
I have no idea if advanced notice is something Health Canada ever does (hence my pure speculation warning earlier). I could totally be wrong and this is just another coincidental back order.
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