Co-Proxamol Please Sign: Hi I wonder if anyone here has... - NRAS

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Co-Proxamol Please Sign


Hi I wonder if anyone here has ever taken this painkiller? For me and many others it was the only one that actually worked. I was signed as a named patient in 2008 saying that i took full responsibility and would not allow others to access my pills nor would i commit suicide. However this drug is now costing nearly £300 for 1 months supply. The clinical commission have decided that they will not allow Drs to prescribe it since November 2015................ : (

In january a sensible chap started a petition to get this relicenced which would then bring down the price. Here is the link and it is a safe site

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese can you sign to help those of us who cannot take any other pain killer. Yes I have tried them all and been really ill because of them.

Hopefully a big THANK YOU

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Have just signed but I got message to say I am one of 29 people who have signed, we need another 71 - so we need to keep going :)

Where are you? I get it on prescription without any problems.

Well you're really blessed, I know for sure it can't be got in Dorset or South Norfolk unless one finds and pays for a private prescription then finds a pharmacy and has at least £240 each month to pay for them prices vary a lot and it can be £400 each month :( ;( my friends are now trying to help do some fundraising but????

This is apauling cheeriable! Poor you. Have you thought about going to your MPs surgery. It's disgraceful that you are being penalised in this way. Have signed the petition.

Have signed and shared....would be devastated ifmy pain relief was removed. Goodluck with the petitionIT COULD BE OUR PAIN FELIEF NEXT.......SIGN!!!

Yes friends have already written to MP and I am partway through a letter which a friend is proofreading as without pain killer brain fogs up at times!! Thanks for signing the petition, I and others would be grateful if you can ask anyone else you know if they can sign the petition. Um, I wonder if it is possible for you to ask around any pharmacies in your area "If someone has a private prescription, how much would 100 Co-proxamol cost." I'm trying to compile a list of the varying prices.

NB Co-proxamol is paracetamol and Dextropropoxyphene. in Some countries it has other names. I'd love to know if it's available in Guernsey, Jersey the Isle of Man etc.

There must be an answer somehow to this problem but I even looked at trials for new medication and found nothing that would be safe for me.

Thanks for support.

Done. I hope that another 60 will sign soon. All the very best.



Petition now signed - hope they listen

Petition signed.

I used to have this for donkey yonks, it was called Distalgesic. Good luck with your petition.

I have been able to get this medication until 2 months ago when my to phoned me to say it was getting too expensive and he would have to stop the repeat prescription. I have just over a box left and although I have been trying to reduce it I'm not sure I will have got it down to zero before the box is empty! I live in north Norwich which I think comes under north Norfolk CCG.

Should have said my gp phoned me...

Hi cheeriable,


Also If you Search ITV Northern Ireland you will find the following: -

Tramadol: Risks and addiction

Prescription painkiller tramadol ‘claiming more lives than any other drug’

Prescription painkiller tramadol, taken by thousands of people every day, is claiming more lives than any other drug – including heroin and cocaine – according to Northern Ireland’s top pathologist.

The painkiller doesn’t cause harm if taken correctly, but the danger rises when users mix it with other drugs or alcohol.

Last year, 33 deaths in Northern Ireland were linked to tramadol. Among them were a 16-year-old girl and a pensioner in his 70s. I don't think that people realise how potentially risky taking tramadol is. I think it’s because it’s a prescription drug - people assume it’s safe.


The opiate-based drug used to treat moderate or severe pain should only be available on prescription – it was reclassified in 2014 making it an illegal Class C drug without prescription.

But anti-drug campaigners say more and more people are turning to the black market. Professor Jack Crane has spoken out to say he fears more people will die unless urgent action is taken and he is calling for a crackdown on the illegal market. He wants tramadol to be upgraded again, this time to Class A.

Professor Crane is now set to meet Northern Ireland's Chief Medical Officer later this month to push for change.

Last updated Fri 28 Oct 2016


I feel that I have been able to prove beyond any doubt that MHRA’s advice to government to ban Co-proxamol was in order to increase their income and NOT FOR DRUG SAFETY CONCERNS OR EFFICACY! CO-PROXAMOL / DEXTROPROPOXYPHENE BASED PRODUCTS ARE BACK IN PRODUCTION!


Dextropropoxyphene based products are back in production in India and on the market at a very completive price, £1.13 /100 tablets

MHRA’s scare tactics were totally responsible for the scandalous price increases (£49.50) when the product was finally removed from the NHS prescribing list. For this reason the ‘Named Patient Facility’ should be reinstated immediately and the suitability for controlled status for general use. Co-proxamol should be considered to be far safer than Tramadol, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Buprenorphine Which MHRA have issued 298 additional ‘Marketing Authorisations’ since the ban on Co-proxamol was announced in 2005!

It should also be noted that there was a total lack of ‘due diligence’ by ministers when they decided to accept MHRA’s seriously flawed recommendations regarding Co-proxamol.

Ministers Directly Responsible For the Lack of Due Diligence

Patricia Hewitt 5 May 2005 – 27 June 2007

Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Health Jun 2007 - Jun 2009

Caroline Flint Minister for Public Health from 2005 to 2007

Dawn Primarolo Minister for Public Health 2007–2009

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy hunt, my MP Paul Maynard, PrescQIPP, LMMG, CCG, DOH, and the NHS have all acted in a disgraceful manner by refusing to confront the MHRA regarding the MISSINFORMATION they have peddled since 2005; MHRA have had a complete disregard for patient’s safety and wellbeing, and the colossal increased costs which have burdened the NHS throughout this sad state of affairs!

MHRA are nothing more than a REPREHENSIBLE MONEY GRUBBING ORGANISATION IN CAHOOTS WITH BIG PHARMA and are totally devoid of a moral conscience regarding patient safety and wellbeing. They are totally responsible making life intolerable for millions of patients globally!

* Medindia Drugs Drug Price

Caybutyl (Dextropropoxyphene) Double Strength 1 Tab Max 4 Daily

100 Tabs = 97 INR = 1.13092 GBP

Indian Rupee1 INR = 0.0116590 GBP

Price List Updated on February 2nd 2017

Drug information on Caybutyl (Dextropropoxyphene) from Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Combination of Generics - Dextropropoxyphene, Paracetamol

Trade NameCaybutyl

ManufacturerJagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Unit650mg/65mg (1-4 Tablets Daily)


Brudex (400+325+32.5) (Dextropropoxyphene - Combination)

Drug information on Brudex (400+325+32.5) (Dextropropoxyphene - Combination) from PRG Pharma Pvt Ltd.

Combination of Generics - Dextropropoxyphene, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol

Brudex (400+325+32.5)

Trade NameBrudex (400+325+32.5)

ManufacturerPRG Pharma Pvt Ltd.



There should be hope for the Millions of patients who have been denied Co-proxamol for the past ten years!

Caybutyl is a combination prescription 650mg/65mg Paracetamol/ Dextropropoxyphene and comes as a tablet or capsule. A single tablet would be equivalent to the Co-proxamol dose of 2 x 325 /32.5mg.

I have recently been in contact with the Parliamentary Health Committee and the Ombudsman and I would appreciate anyone who has been affected by this ban to contact their GP and MP immediately as PESTER POWER MAY GET CO-PROXAMOL REINSTATED QUICKER FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT!

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