House Approves Making Some Cold Medicines Prescription-Only

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi House has approved a bill to require a doctor's prescription to purchase cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The measure was passed 105-15 after lengthy debate that included some lawmakers discussing how the escalating meth problem had impacted their families.

Under the bill, consumers would need a doctor's prescription to buy Sudafed and other medicine containing pseudoephedrine, a decongestant.

Supporters say the measure will curtail meth production by limiting accessibility to the main ingredient.

Opponents have said the change would be burdensome. They also contend that meth addicts will simply travel across state lines to buy the cold medicine.

“I appreciate the House of Representatives passing legislation that will make pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient to making meth, available only by prescription," said Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. "The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics reports there were 560 meth labs seized in 2009. I believe with this sweeping legislation you will see a downward trend of meth use and production in our state. I look forward to bringing this legislation to the floor of the Senate as soon as possible.”

Earlier, Bryant said he asked the Mississippi Independent Pharmacists Association to provide a list of those drugs that would be affected by the legislation and those products that will continue to be available on the shelf without the need for a prescription.

Pseudoephedrine products found in a typical retail pharmacy that would require a prescription if made a Schedule III Drug:

1. Advil Cold and Sinus
2. Aleve D
3. Bronkaid
4. Claritin D
5. Mucinex D
6. Nyquil D
7. Primatene
8. Sudafed
9. Tylenol Sinus Severe Cold
10. Zyrtec D

These products would not require a prescription:

1. Tylenol Sinus Congestion and Pain
2. Tylenol Sinus Day/Night
3. Comtrex Cold & Cough Night
4. Alka Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough
5. Alka Seltzer Plus Night Cold
6. Dayquil Cold & Flu
7. Mucus Relief Sinus ( generic Mucinex D)
8. Theraflu Severe Cough/Cold
9. Theraflu Severe Day & Night
10. Theraflu Flu & Sore Throat
11. Sinutab
12. Sine Off Multi Symptom
13. Sine Off Sinus/Cold
14. Sine Off Max Strength
15. Comtrex Severe Cold & Sinus
16. Contac Cold & Flu
17. Tylenol Cold Multi Symptom Severe
18. Dristan Cold
19. Sudafed PE Sinus Headache
20. Sudafed PE Nasal Decongestant
21. Sudafed PE Severe Cold
22. Theraflu Multi Symptom
23. Zicam Multi Symptom Cold & Flu
24. Robitussin Night

(Source: Independent Pharmacist Association)

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  • by bari Location: wv on Oct 12, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    to you cindy who is perfect and mightier than thou, and could care less about the millions of children that are affected by this narcotic thru your cold and sinus medicine, by the way a cold won't kill you neither will sinus cold, you will get over it, these folks that got on this drug did not intend to become addicts or users or cookers or want to make their children be raised by someone other than theirselves but it happens,it is not the addict that suffers it is the families especially the children.get over yourself rightoues attitude and wake up, live in reality. i will pray for you....hope your family never has an issue of any kind but only GOD is perfect.
  • by Cindy Location: Little Rock on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    As for my family, we don't have nor can we afford health insurance. It will be very expensive to run to the doctor every time we get a cold or sinus problem. Where now, I can pick up $10 of medicine to get us well, I will have a doctor visit $100 for each member of our family X 4, a prescription $80 for each member of our family X 4. That's $720 for a cold or sinus problem!! You can make something bad out of anything, and the CRACKHEADS will just move on to something else to make their dope with, while I'm sitting home dying with a cold. IF THEY WANT TO KILL THEMSELVES MAKING CRAZY DRUGS.......JUST LET THEM!! That is the only way to elimate the drug problem. We all have choices in life, they made the choice to do drugs noone made them, now we are having to suffer for their decision!
  • by A Shame on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:23 PM
    The lawmakers arent making it dificult for meth makers to obtain these things. The lawmakers are making it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase these things. We already cant get a health plan in order-now this!?!?!?! Seriously, meth makers will FIND a way, no matter what, to get these products so why pass an ill-advised bill thats only going to cause more grief and hurt to the good folks of the world!
  • by cyndi Location: dekalb,ms on Feb 1, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    Why can't Mississippi lawmakers research the way other states have handled the SAME problem with much less impact on the consumer who doesn't want to have to get a prescription for these commonly needed meds--have the customer pay for the meds with a credit or debit card that registers a code to keep track of the purchases made of these products---go figure.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    Well Guy-It looks like you believe those who don't hold your same opinion are idiots. Maybe you don't, but your posts come across that way. I have a right to my opinion as do you. I have done research and I am educated on the subject. I still hold the belief this will only hurt the law abiding citizens.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jan 31, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    I am well aware that people will still get their hands on these meds and use them to make meth but it will not be AS EASY AS IT IS NOW. That is a point. Good grief, I'm not as stupid as some of you apparently think.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    Guy you know as i do.. there are so many ways to get this stuff... other then over the counter... they will just switch were they get it or what they will use.. just like gun laws never work... as my father told me laws and locked doors only keep the honest honest.. as far as cant call in for prescriptions that depends on the listings if they are listed as one time only no refills .. then yes you need to always see a DR. but catch is not all are DRs and rely on underlings to do the work..
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    Come on-do you HONESTLY think this will keep them from getting their hands on what they need to make meth?? If you do, you are living in a sheltered world. If they are going to do it-no law is going to prevent them. All drugs are illegal, yet our country has an epidemic of drug problems. Despite all the laws that are meant to halt this activity. I am sure it would not take much effort for me to go out and buy drugs or a gun right now. These people could care less about the law. All this is going to do is hurt the ones who actually obey the laws.
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Jan 29, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    Unfortunately, sometimes the government has to step in to protect people from the idiots. Come on, think about this: Do any of you have any clue what the fumes from a meth lab contain? Do some research! Get educated! This is dangerous stuff and if someone sets up a lab next door or even in the same apartment building as you, chances are you, your kids and other loved ones and friends are breathing this toxic filth in too. You don't have to see smoke to be able to breathe in the fumes. Not to mention that the vapors from a meth lab are highly explosive. Meridian had an incident a few months ago where someone was cooking meth on a stove, there was an explosion and the idiot was injured. Imagine if that had been a large operation. Laws that make it tougher for this poison to be manufactured are needed. The benefits of an inconvenience in order to protect the greater good far outweigh the risks of continuing to allow easy access. If you really think about it, I think you'll agree.
  • by David Location: Stonewall on Jan 29, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    To one of the Anyonymous: I did not say that I was talking about a gun law here. Look at Washington D.C. They had a gun law and the crime rate and murder rate in that city was outrageous. The gun law was supposed to cut down on crime, but it did not. All it does is punish law abiding citizens from owning a gun, which is a right under the constitution. I am happy that the Suprume Court struck down that law. We do not need government telling us everything that we need to do or take. I want less government in my life not more. Why don't you have the guts to put your name on your post? Hmm!
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