Codeine : the 70 drugs under medical prescription

Health 19 July, 2017


Published the 19.07.2017 at 09h44


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To great evils, great remedies. Since 12 July, the drugs based on opiates are not directly available in pharmacies in france. The minister of Health, Agnes Buzyn, has signed a decree, which place codeine, as well as 3 other derivatives morphine-based drugs (dextromethorphan, ethylmorphine, noscapine), on the list of medicinal products subject to prescription.

The lessee of the avenue Duquesne, has not lost time in the implementation of this order. It is effective immediately. This decision marks the culmination of a concern that a rising share of the health authorities.

Codoliprane, Migralgine, Humex dry cough dextromethorphane or Dextrussil. It will now pass to his / her doctor before buying these medicines for the treatment of cough, pain and fever. This Tuesday, the national security Agency of the drug (MSNA) has published an exhaustive list of the medicinal products concerned.

An increasing misuse

The origin of this decree, a mode came to the United States. Teenagers, sometimes aged only 12 years, prepare a cocktail dubbed Purple drank, a tribute to its purplish color. Composition : soda, antihistamines, and codeine. But the knock out drug turns to bitter. Since the beginning of the year, 5 cases of poisoning serious have been reported, of which two were fatal.

Starting in 2016, the national security Agency of the drug (MSNA) is concerned about this trend and calls on health professionals to exercise caution. In the month of June, she pulls the alarm bell, and to consider the question of the mode of delivery. In fact, the reporting is likely to be less than the actual development.

Nothing in the Midi-Pyrénées region, 5 pharmacies reported regular requests – sometimes daily – on the part of young people. On the three hospitalizations analyzed, for the occasion, by the regional Centre of pharmacovigilance, none of which had been the subject of a report.