Medicines containing codeine: perspectives of medical professionals in the Republic of Ireland
By: Foley M, Carney T, Harris R, Fitzpatrick E, Rapca-Veillet A, Van Hout MC.
Irish Journal of Medical Science 2017; 186: 555-63.
Summary: The aim of the study was to examine prescribing professional perceptions of prescribed and OTC medicines containing codeine in Ireland. 398 medical professionals participated in the study (response rate = 18%). 77% of respondents routinely reviewed patient prescribed codeine. 59% of respondents routinely asked patients about their use of OTC medicines and 50% documented use of OTC codeine in their patients’ medical notes. 93% indicated concern about the potential to purchase codeine from multiple sources. 88% implied that patients did not fully understand the risks of taking OTC medicine containing codeine.