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NZ Herald: Cold comfort for blocked noses

Peter Griffin posted in on October 27th, 2009.

A feature in the Weekend Herald by senior features writer Chris Barton on the Government’s move to limit availability of cold and flu drugs containing pseudoephedrine. An excerpt: (read in full here) The B2 chill “When Government makes pseudoephedrine a Class B2 controlled drug, you may still be able to get the re-classified cold medications, […]

PM announces strict pseudoephedrine controls

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 8th, 2009.

Prime Minister John Key announced a new Government action plan on methamphetamine today, which includes plans to reclassify pseudoephedrine (a key precursor for meth synthesis) as a Class B2 prescription-only drug. This means pseudoephedrine will no longer be available in cold and flu ‘remedies’ over-the-counter in New Zealand, prescribers may be limited by strict eligibility […]

Pseudoephedrine to be hospital prescription-only

Peter Griffin posted in on October 8th, 2009.

The Government has followed up the recommendation of the Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, signaling that it will move to make pseudoephedrine a Class B2 controlled drug, making it prescription-only and available only from hospital pharmacies. The ability of doctors to prescribe pseudoephedrine is also likely to be restricted. That means over the […]

The P problem – is banning pseudoephedrine the answer?

Peter Griffin posted in on October 6th, 2009.

The Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, has been tasked with finding ways to fight New Zealand’s worsening methamphetamine problem, and his suggestions are expected to be made public this month. Also known as ‘P’, the drug is popular amongst a wide range of people and, in addition to being initially beguiling and highly […]

Herald on Sunday: Time to declare outright war on P

Peter Griffin posted in on August 24th, 2009.

Broadcaster and commentator Paul Holmes responding to Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman’s suggestion that over-the-counter sale of drugs containing pseudoephedrine could be banned. An excerpt: (Read in full here) “Since Sir Peter made his recommendation, and since the Stellar Trust issued its positive response to him, I have heard from a coroner who […]

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