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Sudafed on its way to becoming Rx-only


recent story from the Missouri News Horizon noted that pseudoephedrine-containing products are still OTC.  In a follow-up story, a bill making those products prescription only has passed the Missouri House:

A key ingredient in several cold medicines and methamphetamine, will be available by prescription only if a bill passed Monday by the Missouri House gains traction. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is aimed at eradicating meth labs and has widespread support from law enforcement. The bill makes the tablet form only of pseudoephedrine subject to the prescription-only language. Liquid and liqui-gel forms of the drug would still be available without a prescription as they are now. Opponents of the bill, including medical doctor Rep. Keith Frederick, R-Rolla, and pharmacist, Rep. David Sater, said studies show liquid and gel-cap forms of pseudoephedrine can be used to make meth as easily as the tablet form. The bill passed the House by an 86-64 vote. It now faces the challenge of garnering Senate attention during this final week of the 2011 General Assembly. — DA (MNH News Nut filed at: 3:48 p.m. from JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.)

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  1. 06/04/2011 6:55 PM

    That is the case in Oregon already.

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