Painaustralia’s latest submission & media release regarding access to paracetamol.
While Painaustralia supports the sensible recommendations from the TGA’s delegate to not upschedule paracetamol, place age restrictions to purchase or to limit the number of packets that can be bought at a supermarket or pharmacy we are disappointed by the proposal to reduce the available pack sizes of paracetamol to Australians living with pain.
If adopted by the TGA’s Medicine Scheduling Committee, this will make it harder to buy paracetamol, particularly for those in chronic pain on low incomes, living rurally or who are already marginalised.
We urge the TGA to reconsider this issue when it makes its final decision in April while accepting the decision not to upschedule paracetamol, place age restrictions to purchase or to limit the number of packets that can be bought at a supermarket or pharmacy.
Please see our latest submission here and our media release here.
Paracetamol Review Submission
3.4 million Australians live in pain every single day and rely on medications like paracetamol just to get by. The proposed restrictions to paracetamol use are well intended but missed the mark and will further alienate an already struggling group.
Painaustralia is working to ensure you have the access to the medicines you need without it costing more and causing you more distress to obtain it.
Giulia Jones speech to the TGA Medicines Scheduling Committee
Good news for those living with chronic pain! Today, an interim decision was made to keep paracetamol easily accessible without age restrictions or a script. Painaustralia's concerns about limiting access to those who rely on it to manage daily life were heard and we are now encouraging the TGA to stick with this decision in April.