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Inactive 29 Jul 2010

The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons, abbreviated SUSDP, is a document used in the regulation of drugs and poisons in Australia. It is produced by the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC), a committee of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The SUSDP contains the decisions of the NDPSC in the aim of standardising the scheduling and packaging/labelling of substances throughout Australia, where such regulation lies within the jurisdiction of the individual State governments. The SUSDP is only a recommendation to the States, however, and differences still exist in the regulation of drugs and poisons between Australian states.

Schedule 1 (Defunct)

This schedule is no longer used. Section 8 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW) describes Schedule 1 as, "substances which are of such extreme danger to life as to warrant their being supplied only by medical practitioners, nurse practitioners authorised... pharmacists, dentists, veterinary surgeons or persons licensed.

Schedule 2 Pharmacy Medicine

Schedule 2 (S2) poisons, otherwise known as Pharmacy Medicines, are substances and preparations for therapeutic use that:

Are substantially safe in use but where advice or counseling is available if necessary
Are for minor ailments or symptoms that:
Can be easily recognised by the consumer
Do not require medical diagnosis or management

Examples include:

Simple analgesics such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen in packs containing more than 24 tablets (packs containing up to 24 tablets of simple analgesics are unscheduled, and can be sold in any shop)
Nonsedating antihistamines
Nasal sprays containing decongestants or steroids
Simple analgesics compounded with up to 12 mg of codeine in packs containing up to 24 tablets

Schedule 3 Pharmacist Only Medicine

Schedule 3 (S3) poisons, otherwise known as Pharmacist Only Medicines, are substances and preparations for therapeutic use that:

Are substantially safe in use but require professional advice or counselling by a pharmacist
Require pharmacist advice, management, or monitoring
Must be personally handed to the patient by the pharmacist
Are for ailments or symptoms that:
Can be identified by the consumer and verified by a pharmacist
Do not require medical diagnosis, or only require initial medical diagnosis, and do not require close medical management

Some states have subsets of Schedule 3 with additional requirements Only some Schedule 3 medicines may be advertised to the public.

Examples include:

Salbutamol (Ventolin/Asmol)

Schedule 4 (S4) poisons, otherwise known as prescription only medicines, are substances and preparations for therapeutic use that:

Requires professional medical, dental, or veterinary management or monitoring
Are for ailments or symptoms that require professional medical, dental, or veterinary diagnosis or management
May require further evaluation for safety or efficacy
Are new therapeutic substances
{No drugs under schedule 4 need to be authorised by the health department
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Price not all drugs can be authorised for the ( P.B.S )

Schedule 5 Caution

Schedule 5 (S5) poisons are substances and preparations that:

* Have low toxicity or a low concentration
* Have a low to moderate hazard
* Can cause only minor adverse effects to human being in normal use
* Require caution in handling, storage, or use

Schedule 6 (S6) poisons are substances and preparations -

With moderate to high toxicity
Which may cause death or severe injury if ingested, inhaled, or in contact with skin or eyes

Schedule 7 (S7) poisons are substances and preparations that:

Have high to extremely high toxicity
Can cause death or severe injury at low exposures
Require special precautions in their manufacture, handling, or use
May require special regulations restricting their availability, possession or use
Are too hazardous for domestic use, or use by untrained persons

Schedule 8 Controlled Drug (Possession without authority illegal)

Schedule 8 (S8) poisons, otherwise known as Controlled Drugs, are substances and preparations for therapeutic use that are:

Dependence producing
Likely to be abused or misused

All drugs that are schedule 8 must be approved by the health department at the time of writing a prescription for that drug; the prescriptions must be written by hand and not printed.

Examples include:

Most Barbiturates
Codeine (Single ingredient preparations)
Flunitrazepam (Hypnodorm)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

Schedule 9 (S9) poisons are substances and preparations that, by law, may only be used for research purposes. The sale, distribution, use, and manufacture of such substances is strictly prohibited by law.

Examples include:

Cannabis (Marijuana)
Salvia divinorum
MDMA (Ecstasy)

Unscheduled substances do not belong to any of the above schedules. Many of these preparations are also sold in supermarkets in addition to pharmacies.

Examples include:

Ranitidine in small packs
Ibuprofen 200mg in small packs
Paracetamol 500mg in small packs
Some laxatives (eg. bulk laxatives Metamucil)
Lubricant eye drops
Nicotine replacement therapy (some preparations are schedule 2)

Take care

christineATU 29 Jul 2010

Maso! Amazing details. So it's the opposite here in the states as far as CSA schedules. A class ll substance here would be morphine but in Australia would be a class Vlll? But the more "addicting" or potent meds must all be written in hand, not typed? Very interesting. Thanks for the information even though I didn't ask the question!

suzanne66 30 Jul 2010

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