Nope; the PSI is statutorily created and obliged and entitled to issue guidelines on what the practical application of the Regulations are; ie. they tell the profession what the Regulations mean. And they have done so. The Codeine regulations elaborate on and explain the meaning of Regulation 10 of the 2008 Regulations. Breaching their guidelines, for the purposes of the law, is akin to breaching the Regulation itself, unless a court finds that the terms of the Guidelines are excessive or unreasonable having regard to the terms of the Regulation.
This is a very straightforward area of regulatory law. Similarly, for instance, the IMB is entitled to produce Guidelines pursuant to medicinal products legislation (ie. mandating what a wholesalers of medicines must do; ie. store medicine in such and such conditions). They expand on the Regulations. Breaching an IMB Guideline IS a breach of the Regulation under which the Guideline was created.
So I am afraid that your 'view' that a court would do nothing about a supposed breach of these "guidelines" is simply legally and factually incorrect.
The "guidelines" are merely the PSI's interpretation of the law. Court's tend to deal with precedent or what is actually written down in law.
There has never been any court cases for breach of the guidelines. Nowhere on the statute books does it mention that it's illegal sell someone solpadeine, or any codeine product, without first offering paracetamol or some other non-codeine containing painkiller. I sincerely doubt an independent judge would give much credance to such a case either.
its very easy to be compliant with regulation 10 the 2008 regulations whilst at the same time breaching the PSI's guidelines.
I'm afraid your legal and "factual" assertions are actually just opinion.
Certain companies specialise in HIV/AIDS treatment, while others specialise in more common infections. Not every drug company is responsible in trying to cure a drug for every possible disease state.
Also, do you think that HIV/AIDS are exclusive to 3rd world countries? If memory serves me right there's more than 150,000 people infected with the virus in Italy, a figures simliar in France and Spain.
Members of the IPU receive monthly magazines containing articles about the prevalence of codeine addiction in the community and the measures required to overcome this. By all means, get enough points to get into pharmacy, complete the course and become a member of the IPU.
An easier method of obtaining some information on the regualtions etc. you might like to read has been given in above posts by drkpower and sesna.
Hope that helps.
There has never been a court case for breach of the Regulations either.
I'm not sure what bit of this you arent getting. Perhaps its my fault for not explaining clearly enough:
First up, the PSI are expressly entitled to sanction pharmacists for breaching their own Guidleines and that can include suspension of their registration. That procedure is subject to the conformation of the High Court in precisely the same way that doctors are struck off their Register. So, breaching a PSI Guideline can have significant consequences for a pharmacist, under that mechanism.
Secondly, the Guidelines are not law, you are correct there. However they are made by a statutory body (the PSI) who has the authority and obligation under the law to make them and who are obliged to supervise compliance with the Act. The Codeine Regulations are made for the purpose of elaborating on the meaning of the 2008 Regulations. A breach of a Guideline is therefore, in effect, a breach of the Regulation (insofar as the meaning of that Regulation is understood by the PSI). Of course, a court is not obliged to agree with the PSI's interpretation, but given their role and express statutory function, it is incredibly unlikely that a court would disagree with the PSI's viiew unless it was an entirely unreasonable view to take.
As an analogy, the IMB has enacted guidelines on the wholesaling of medicinal products. They are not law. The Guidelines say that you cant store persihable medicines at less than X degrees celsius. Nowhere in the Medicine Wholesaling law is it stated to be an offence to store medicines at less than X degrees celsius. However it IS an offence to do so unless the court believes that it was unreasonable for the IMB to make those Guidelines.
I hope you understand it now.
Eh no, its not; this stuff is not new. Regulatory law applies to many other fields and many other bodies. The law is essentially the same across all of these fields. It is very straightforward. You may be new to it but I'm not.
My main problem with this is, I don't buy pain killers when I need them, I buy them for when I'm going to need them...
I use Solphadine as it's a brand I'd been brought up with as a kid and they worked for me when I've needed them.
Again this is another action which these new regulations hope to stomp out.
If you were "brought up" with such a brand then it's an error on the part of whoever brought you up I'm afraid.
If you have dental pain for example and you have only Solpadeine in your house you will most likely use this drug to ease the pain. However dental pain is usually caused by inflammation, in which case Nurofen should be the first line treatment. Not Solpadeine. i.e. you are misusing Solpadeine.
It is this misuse of such codeine based meds that can lead to addiction down the line and is precisely what the regulations have been implemented for.
Im sorry but if you read the patient information leaflet available with Solpadeine it clearly states:
Solpadeine Tablets provide effective relief from pain, including:
- Period pain
- Rheumatic pain
- Relief of cold and 'flu symptoms
I find most medicines stop just about short of "effective in the treatment of world hunger" on the packet. It's better to ask a medical professional than rely on what the manufacturer claims. Ibuprofen and aspirin are better than paracetamol for treating pain due to inflammation.
Though if you were "brought up" with solpadeine, then it's likely that the placebo effect is very strong for you.
Why hasn't the PSI investigated this advertising/labelling?
Last Wednesday a pharmacist told me that 'Solpadeine is not for headaches'.
Now clearly GSK advertise it on TV, print media and on the packaging itself as being for headaches. GSK is deliberately misleading us (or the pharmacist is lying).
Fair enough but it's not the first line treatment for dental pain. If you go for a dental procedure which may result in pain then 95-100% of Dentists will prescribe either Ibuprofen, Mefenamic Acid (Ponstan) and in severe cases Diclofenac (Difene/Voltarol.
All these drugs belong to the same family of drugs (Non Steroidal Anit-Inflammatories) and none contain codeine.
It is for this reason why people should ask their Pharmacist what is the best drug of choice for their particular complaint.
Paracetamol/Codeine (Solpadeine) are analgesics, they may provide relief for a short period but will do little for the underlying inflammation. Once the Solpadeine wears off the inflammation is still there and wat happens next? More solpadeine taken of course!
So basically the public is ignorant of what these drugs do and most pharmacists can't be bothered to tell them otherwise. Bad situation! People need to wise up and ask questions about what they're putting into themselves. This lad absolutely lays into people using the stuff. He's pretty harsh but has a point about people overusing pills for headaches.
Ahem... my parents can't teach me to use something responsibly? I didn't get it for everything...
I've had absyss's before... they are easy to spot as they stick out from the jawline along the side of your face.
There's a big difference between some pain and a buildup of pressure trying to bulge outwards. From your response... I doubt you've felt the difference...
I'd have to be constantly popping them to get addicted... It's not that often that I would use them... and when I last used'em.. I think I only needed 2 doses of it... but that was quite a while ago and can't remember what for now...
Solpadeine can of course be used for headaches. But it is not first line treatment. First line treatment is Paracetamol/Panadol. If this does not work then Solpadeine could be used for a 3 day course. If headaches are still then recurring then you should go to your Doctor to see what is the cause of these recurring headaches instead of continuing to use a potentially addictive drug..
That was a good link there. If only that article could be hung on the wall of every pharmacy in the country!
BTW, when you say most pharmacists can't be bothered to tell them otherwise etc.....well since August 1st they are and that is the reason why this thread is into it's 50th page..
You see all the drug abusers, mis-users, nanny state haters etc etc on this form seem to not like being told about the dangers of these drugs!!
If you really had a dental abscess you would need a course of antibiotics to clear it in the vast majority of cases..