A Pulse exclusive last week revealed that the medicines regulator was considering a ban on over-the-counter opioids, and was potentially making them prescription-only, a move that would have huge repercussions for both healthcare professionals and patients.

This story was picked up by the Times, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

This was a follow up to the story that NICE was proposing that GPs stop prescribing opioids for long-term pain – our best read non-Covid related story of the year.