Monaco bans over-the-counter codeine-related medicines


The Monaco government has announced that it will ban the sales of over-the-counter drugs containing codeine, including dextromethorphan, ethylmorphine and noscapine. These will be available only on prescription, bringing the Principality into line with France.

The move has been made due to the abuse of codeine-based medicines by many adolescents and young adults, the government said on Friday.

Patients will no longer be able to obtain a drug containing any of these four ingredients without a prescription from their doctor.


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