Missouri bill seeks lower limit for cold medicine

Missouri bill seeks lower limit for cold medicine

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MILWAUKIE, OR - JULY 20: Boxes of over-the-counter cold medication are shown as Pharmacy Technician Ben Auxier stocks prescriptions at Hi-School Pharmacy store on July 20, 2005 in Milwaukie, Oregon. The Oregon House passed a bill today that would make Oregon the first state to require prescriptions for certain cold medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient used to make Meth. Oregon law requires ID checks and a log book of all cold medicine sales. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 1:48 PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri lawmaker wants to further limit the amount of a popular cold and allergy medicine people can buy each month but still allow most consumers to buy it without a prescription.

House Republican Stanley Cox, of Sedalia, has introduced legislation on sales of pseudoephedrine, a decongestant that’s also a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

Missouri already caps purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine at 9 grams every 30 days. Stores have to keep the medicines behind counters and keep records of individual purchases.

The House bill would limit consumers to 7.5 grams of pseudoephedrine a month and 60 grams a year.

Cox says it’s an alternative to requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine, although the bill would require prescriptions from people convicted of drug felonies. Many Missouri cities have enacted local prescription requirements.

 

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