Decision Postponed to Require Prescription for Popular Decongestant
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The City Council in Springfield has put off a decision on requiring prescriptions for a popular decongestant that's also a key ingredient in methamphetamine.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the council voted 5-4 on Monday to postpone action on requiring prescriptions for pseudoephedrine. No action is likely on the proposed local ordinance until June 2014 at the earliest.
Missouri already requires pharmacies to keep cold and sinus medicines containing the substance behind their counters. But some communities have been going another step to require prescriptions.
Springfield Councilman Craig Fishel said he thought prescriptions would be an "unnecessary burden" on residents of the southwest Missouri city. But Fishel also said he hopes the Legislature will take action on the state level in its 2014 session.