New Zealand Reverse-Switches Codeine Judging Risks Outweigh Benefits
New Zealand is the latest country to reverse-switch all codeine-containing OTC drugs to prescription-only status following a protracted consultation process, during which industry's protestations fell on deaf ears.
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