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Definitions relating to student medication

Unscheduled medication
Medications that can be purchased from a pharmacy or supermarket.

Examples: paracetamol in a pack of 24 or antacid mixtures.
 
Scheduled medication
A substance listed in one of the schedules of the NSW Poisons List.

Schedule 2 medication
Medications listed in Schedule 2 of the NSW Poisons List and which are dangerous to life if misused or carelessly handled, but which should be available to the public for therapeutic use or other purposes without undue restriction. If purchased from pharmacies, they may carry the caption ‘pharmacy medicine’ on their packaging.

Examples: Panadol (above a certain pack size) and Naprogesic.

Schedule 3 medication
Medications listed in Schedule 3 of the NSW Poisons List and about which personal advice may be required by the purchaser in respect of their dosage, frequency of administration and general toxicity. When purchased from pharmacies, they will carry the caption ‘pharmacist only’ on their packaging.

Examples: asthma relievers/puffers, antihistamines (with pseudoephedrine), and cold and flu capsules.

Schedule 4 medication
Medications listed in Schedule 4 of the NSW Poisons List and which are only available to the public on the prescription of a medical practitioner or dentist. When purchased from pharmacies, they will carry the caption ‘prescription only’ on their packaging, and a label as dispensed from a pharmacy which generally covers a medical practitioner's instructions.

Examples: adrenaline auto-injectors such as EpiPen or Anapen, antibiotics, anti-epileptics, anti-diabetic agents such as insulin, asthma nebulisers, and pancreatic enzemes.
 
Schedule 8 medication
Medications listed in Schedule 8 of the NSW Poisons List and are medicinal products that are likely to cause dependence or be abused. There are restrictions on the prescribing of large quantities of Schedule 8 medications or prescribing them for long-term treatment.

Examples: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medications such as Ritalin and Dexamphetamine, and anti depressants.

Analgesics
Drugs producing analgesia (absence or relief of pain).

Examples: aspirin and paracetamol.

Prescribed medication
Medications prescribed by a registered medical practitioner for a particular person for the treatment of a medical condition.

Examples: Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medications.