Governor Nixon Wants Key Meth Ingredient Pulled From Shelves

7 years 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, December 01 2010 Dec 1, 2010 Wednesday, December 01, 2010 9:47:37 PM CST December 01, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - Governor Jay Nixon recently announced Wednesday that he wants to make over-the-counter medicine pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in methamphetamine, available only for prescription use. The idea is to keep the medicine out of the hands of meth cooks. Nixon says the same process has worked in both Oregon and Mississippi. Not everyone seems to be on board with Nixon's idea, though. Several national organizations like the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, have spoken out against the proposed plan, saying it's just another restriction placed on consumers.

Bill Morrissey, manager at the local Kilgore's says he sees this plan driving  consumers away from the product.

"Well I think a lot of them will stop using sudafed containing products, because it will be quite difficult to get it, and quite expensive. They'll have to pay for a doctor visit, and the time you know to get off of work, to schedule that appointment, go to that appointment, then go to the pharmacy to get the prescription filled after that," Morrissey said.

Another concern with the governor's plan is that a majority of insurance companies don't cover the cost for pseudoephedrine. That's because nationally it is not recognized as a prescription drug. That means consumers would have to pay the full price, instead of having insurance cover it.

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