THE maker of a sleeping pill linked to bizarre side-effects in some people says it will fight moves to have the drug moved to a tougher class.
A federal government committee will meet next month to decide whether Stilnox should be changed to schedule 8 status to strictly monitor who can get it.
This change would bring the popular medication into line with controlled drugs like morphine, narcotics and amphetamines, which are deemed vulnerable to addiction or abuse.
It would require doctors to fill out extra paperwork and pharmacists to keep comprehensive records of who they dispense to.
The call comes in the wake of a spate of reports from a national hotline of Stilnox users crashing cars, having sex, fighting and binge-eating from the fridge while apparently asleep.
I'm not sure I want to know how some of that might work.
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