MHRA rules against codeine cough medicines for under-18s

Cough medicines containing codeine should not be used by children or young people, the MHRA has warned.

The agency said such treatments were no longer safe for use in those under 18 years old.

The decision was made after an evidence review found the risks associated with cough medicines containing codeine outweigh the benefits in children and young people.

The advice will come into effect in 2011 when manufacturers will be expected to update packaging and leaflets. Until then, the medicine will continue to be sold as before.

As a result, all cough liquids containing codeine will be supplied in child-resistant containers from next year.

The MHRA said in its review: ‘It is clear that there is little evidence to support the use of codeine to relieve cough caused by the common cold in children.’

It goes on: ‘The safety data available on codeine-containing products suggests there are serious concerns which need to be taken into account when assessing the risk-benefit balance of these products.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

£20 notes spread out

VAT trap for PCNs could strip millions of pounds from general practice

Tens of millions of pounds could be stripped from general practice because work carried...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Is the BMA representing GPs effectively, why GPs face a pension tax hit, and views on the workload crisis

In our regular news review the team discusses representation of GPs, a new survey...

Man sleeping

NICE guidance on insomnia backs app to replace sleeping pills

Hundreds of thousands of people with insomnia could be offered treatment via a mobile...

Health worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

JCVI backs autumn COVID-19 booster campaign for high-risk adults and NHS staff

Frontline health and social care staff and adults at increased risk of severe illness...

GP consultation

Government accused of 'misleading' claims on general practice workforce

GP leaders have accused the government of making misleading claims about the general...

Consulting room door

LMC calls for enhanced access to be scrapped after abuse forces practice to close reception

A Midlands LMC has backed a practice forced to close its reception desk after abuse...