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OTC Codeine Cough Syrups Meet UK Conditions For Rx Reverse Switch, Says Expert Body

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Could codiene linctus cough syrups be reverse-switched from OTC to Rx status in the UK? A panel of independent medicines experts suggests they should be, based on UK drugs law and their use in illegal cocktail Purple Drank.

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