Groups Oppose Prescription Requirement

By: Ashley Conroy
By: Ashley Conroy

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require a prescription to obtain medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

It's a key ingredient to make crystal methamphetamine. And it has become a major problem for law enforcement around the state. But some groups are not happy with this bill. is a Web site created in light of recent legislation to make pseudoephedrine products illegal to purchase without a prescription.

"Our concern is that if you put this product on prescription status only, you'll actually lose control of sales," said Andrew Fish, senior vice-president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

Those against the bill say tracking down meth makers electronically, rather than taking away drugs that consumers need, is a better solution to Mississippi's legislation.

"Which basically records every sale that's made, blocks illegal sales and keeps a database that law enforcement can use," Fish said.

Sudafed contains phenlyephrine as opposed to pseudoephedrine. And to anyone purchasing this decongestant, they may never know the difference.

Phenylephrine is an alternative to pseudoephedrine in over-the-counter drugs. Pharmacist Ryan Harper supports this legislation, and says other drugs are just as effective as those with pseudoephedrine.

"We have plenty of alternatives, over-the-counter decongestants like phenlyephrine. There's also nasal decongestants and sprays people can use for a short period of time," said Harper who works at a drug store in Brandon.

Harper says he thinks, with meth becoming more of a problem throughout the state, something needs to be done sooner rather than later.

"With methamphetamine becoming such an epidemic right now in Mississippi, this would certainly curtail the availability of it to be made into the crystal meth," Harper said.

The bill has already passed in the Mississippi House. It's being discussed on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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  • by steve yandell Location: lexington,ok on Mar 8, 2011 at 09:36 AM
    a very wise but evil man Stalin once stated that communism would take over the U.S. from within without ever firing a govt.control of every aspect of peoples live ,rights and liberties is what he was refering to.this is just another example of insurance companies and pharmasutical companies finding another way to force people to get a perscription .unfortunately our govt.official are $$easily$$$ influenced $$$ almost every issue that comes up in which big buisness and govt. say we need it .translated into the language of the average citizen ,means we will get screwed again ,the companies will rake in the cash off of it,our elected officials will earn their keep$$$$ and alot of people who have no ins and cant afford to pay for it will just have to suffer .remember who votes for these type of things and go to the polls next time ,show them your appreciation.
  • by fed up Location: ky on Feb 10, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    where does it stop with the government controlling everything..or does it. The time is comming soon when they will tell us who is to live or die.
  • by Debbie Location: Cadiz, ky on Jan 27, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    This is so bad for a person with no insurance who has the ability to go drug store to still be able to purchase cold an flu meds. Its not goin to stop meth from goin on but it will hurt the honest hard workin people from tryin to doctor up. No one can afford doctors pay with no job.This has to be the biggest joke ever. Come on an focus on something to help people who are loosing their Stop! tryin to make it harder on poor workin person.
  • by Todd Location: Canada on Apr 23, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    No one in any gov't health ministry/secretariat/dep't in any country all around the world will admit to the fact that phenylephrine simply DOES NOT WORK. It is TOTALLY USELESS! Millions of allergy sufferers all over the world are now having their symptoms wreak havoc with their lives because of a bunch of lowlife crystal meth makers/users. Speaking as someone who suffers from terrible seasonal allergies, I think the only answer is to make crystal meth manufacturing/usage convictions punishable by true LIFE sentences (or worse) and to put pseudoephedrine BACK into legitimate over-the-counter medications. Oh, and I'd just like to shout out a big Thank-You to all the street drug dealers/addicts in this world for making my spring and fall seasons a living nightmare! I hope your turf wars and addictions ____ you all, and sooner rather than later!
  • by Titania Location: Hernado on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    This is a ridiculous law! My husband lost his insurance so we cannot afford to go to the doctors to get a prescription for what is still and should be a legal medication. This will not stop meth dealers. Those people know how to work around everything. Only ones who will hurt are the uninsured. What next..... a script for vitamin C and chicken soup? This will cause a burden on an already over stressed health system and thus far for the seven years I have lived here the health service here in Mississippi is pathetic. This bill is unconstitutional. The United States needs to get on board with other governments and their stance on natural and preventative medicine. This is off topic but we are going to war on the wrong people here.When I had the flu and could not go to the doctors all I had was this type of over the counter medication. It was bad enough to be treated like criminal for even asking for one box. We need to start standing up because we are losing fast all of our freedoms!
  • by Hal on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    What's biased about it? It presented both sides, information about a group opposing the bill, and why, and a pharmacist who supports the bill, and why. What more do you want?
  • by Sam Location: Meridian on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:06 AM
    Was it just me or did the article seem a little bias?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    There are so many laws concerning so many aspects of our lives. I understand that laws are needed, but this is ridiculous! I wonder how many people that are arrested for gun related crimes actually have their gun registered? It's the law, so they should-right?? Same thing is going to happen here, the meth dealers will still find a way to get what they need. In the meantime, the rest of us will pay the price. I AM thinking and NO I don't support it. Sure the concept is great, but the HONEST people of MS will suffer, not the drug dealers.
  • by Phillip Location: Whynot on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    Thanks Govt.! What about us self employed uninsured people? I can't afford to go to the doctor every time my sinus's act up. This is the south after all and we have major pollen problems. This will just over extend the medical system more.
  • by Phillip on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    It passed. Now we should see a change.
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