Missouri Attorney General supports cold and allergy medication prescription requirement

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 12:50 p.m. CDT; updated 2:24 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said he hopes lawmakers will approve legislation to require a prescription for cold and allergy medications that contain an ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

Last year, state House members narrowly approved legislation that would have required a prescription to buy hard tablet medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which can also be used to produce meth. The proposal ultimately did not pass.

Koster told Missouri sheriffs he is pleased by progress in several communities that have approved local ordinances to require a prescription for medications with pseudoephedrine and that he hopes lawmakers will pass legislation next year.

Critics contend that requiring a prescription for the medications would burden consumers who seek relief from colds and allergies.


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