This note is
not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.
This order adds ephedrine
and pseudoephedrine to Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act
1975. Substances listed in Schedule 3 of that Act are
classified as Class C drugs (posing a moderate risk of harm).
Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine
are both used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
Drugs classified under Part 5 of Schedule 3 are
available only by prescription, and have a number of other restrictions
applying to them. Drugs classified under Part 3 are available without
prescription, but are still subject to significant restrictions, such
as import and export controls. At present, certain cough and decongestant
medicines that contain pseudoephedrine are available, without a prescription,
as pharmacy medicines. In order to ensure that these medicines remain
available without a prescription, certain pseudoephedrine preparations
are classified under Part 3 of Schedule 3. Regulations
under section 37 of the Misuse of Drugs Act
1975 will be made that impose restrictions on the manner
in which those preparations may be supplied by pharmacists. All other
forms of pseudoephedrine, along with ephedrine, are classified under Part 5 of Schedule 3.
This order cannot come into force
without the approval of the House of Representatives. If that approval
is given, the order will come into force on a date specified in a
separate commencement order.
Date of notification in Gazette: 11 December 2003.
This order is
administered in the Ministry