April 18, 2011

Kansas on Monday officially made the move from a paper tracking system for pseudoephedrine sales to the electronic tracking capabilities afforded through the National Precursor Log Exchange, according to an Associated Press report published Monday.

March 25, 2011

There are three issues involving over-the-counter medicines today that have put the industry on the defensive, and all involve the question of appropriate access. Drug Store News examined each.

1. FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS The issue: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required that FSA participants obtain a prescription for those OTCs incorporated into their health savings agenda.

March 18, 2011

The latest Arkansas proposition to control PSE sales may deliver the biggest blow to the over-the-counter accessibility argument, as it restricts sales to Arkansas residents who have a state-issued picture ID and who don’t look like they might be meth addicts. It also is no more fair or effective to have pharmacists decide who looks like a meth addict and who doesn't. Worse, the bill includes a provision that would allow the Arkansas Board of Pharmacy to color any OTC medicine with the same brush as PSE.

March 17, 2011

The Arkansas House on Wednesday passed a bill that would restrict the behind-the-counter sale of pseudoephedrine to pharmacists only. In other words, pharmacy technicians no longer would be allowed to sell products containing PSE.

February 22, 2011

Arkansas on Friday became the fourth state this year to entertain making the popular decongestant pseudoephedrine available only by prescription.

February 18, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee makes the third state this year, joining Kentucky and Nevada, that is considering state legislation to mandate the sale of pseudoephedrine as prescription-only. That could prove a big concern for the legitimate market for PSE products on account of the potential snowball effect such legislation could have on neighboring states. According to a government review staff in Kentucky, at least 97.8% of all PSE sales are bought for legitimate use.

February 4, 2011

Tennessee may be the next state to adopt an electronic tracking tool to enforce pseudoephedrine sales restrictions and combat methamphetamine production in real time.

January 14, 2011

The battle for the prescription status of methamphetamine precursor/popular cough-cold ingredient pseudoephedrine now is heating up in Kentucky, just a few days following a Nevada news report that suggested the state will be considering PSE prescription-only requirements just as soon as a bill is introduced by Nevada Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno.

January 13, 2011

Nevada Sen. Sheila Leslie, D-Reno, is working with Carson City district attorney Neil Rombardo on introducing a bill to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine as a tool to cut down on illicit methamphetamine production, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday evening.

December 3, 2010

The forward-looking vision employed by Gov. Jay Nixon in exploring “next steps” in fighting methamphetamine abuse before even the last step has been put into place and enacted is, in a matter of speaking, extremely short-sighted. It doesn’t even make fiscal sense, because the National Precursor Log Exchange will do more to curb many of the costs associated with fighting meth addicts without conversely increasing the costs associated with fighting a cold. And truth be told, there are probably a lot more stuffy heads in Missouri than there are meth addicts.

December 1, 2010

Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo., on Tuesday campaigned for a sweeping expansion of efforts to battle methamphetamine, including legislation that would make Missouri the third state in the nation to require a prescription for the cough-cold ingredient pseudoephedrine.

October 4, 2010

Arkansas state police apprehended and arrested a methamphetamine ring, which had been attempting to acquire...

September 22, 2010

Chain pharmacy leaders on Wednesday hailed the passage in the House of Representatives of three...

September 7, 2010

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association is slated to testify Wednesday before an Indiana legislative committee...

August 22, 2010

The industry-supported Combat Meth-amphetamine Enhancement Act, H.R. 2923, passed muster at the House Committee on...

July 18, 2010

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association in June commended the California Senate Public Safety Committee for...

June 23, 2010

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday commended the California Senate Public Safety Committee for...

June 6, 2010

Did the Combat Meth Act of 2005 not go far enough? Should the common and...

May 31, 2010

Former White House drug policy spokesman Robert Weiner and Jonathan Battaglia, a policy analyst at...

May 16, 2010

Electronic tracking or prescription-only? That’s the question that vexed Congressional leaders last month as they...

March 30, 2010

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday expressed its support for Alabama law HB 528,...

March 22, 2010

Kansas announced last week that it will be the fifth state to implement the National...

March 8, 2010

Missouri has selected the National Precursor Log Exchange to serve as its statewide, real-time electronic...

February 17, 2010

The Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee voted on Wednesday to create a state registry of...