Ads target Missouri bill for cold medicine prescription

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 10:58 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An industry group representing manufacturers of over-the-counter drugs has begun running radio ads against a Missouri proposal requiring a doctor's prescription to buy certain cold medicines.

The legislation is aimed at medications containing pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient for methamphetamine. Supporters hope to cut down on Missouri's meth production by making it harder for people to get ahold of pseudoephedrine.

The ads by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association urge people to call lawmakers and tell them to "keep government out of your medicine cabinet."

The industry is financing an electronic database to provide real-time tracking of everyone buying pseudoephedrine in Missouri. The association says lawmakers should wait to see if the database helps reduce meth incidents before trying something new.


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Eric Cox March 25, 2011 | 1:49 p.m.

Yeah we're just a few laws away from nobody doing drugs. I mean what's the chance that the illegal drugs will still be widely available but people with a cold or allergies will not be able to get the most effective treatment. I always get a good two weeks notice before a cold, you can always get into a doctor with no advanced notice, and office visits are always free right?

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