The MHRA has told pharmacists that over-the-counter oral liquid medicines containing codeine should no longer be used to treat cough in children and young people under 18 years and all over-the-counter oral liquid codeine medicines will be supplied in child-resistant containers.
I personally can't remember if I have ever given a cough suppressant to a child and I concur with the MHRA that efficacy evidence is lacking.
Doctors can continue to prescribe cough suppressants, but the DDA would agree with cough suppresants being in child-resistant containers.
This months MHRA Drug Safety Update also highlights:
Pandemic vaccines and antivirals: safety review
Human papillomavirus immunisation programme: second year safety review
Rosiglitazone: recommended withdrawal from clinical use
Mercaptamine and mercaptopurine: confusion between drug names