Thursday, July 21, 2005

Pharmaceutical company attacks meth bills
Days before legislators are scheduled to vote on a bill that aims to reduce methamphetamine abuse in the state, the pharmaceutical company that makes Claritin has started running radio ads in opposition to the proposal.

"If that bill is passed, the days of just going to the store for these trusted and effective products is over. You would have to go to your doctor first," the radio ad says, referring to over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of methamphetamine.

Under the bill, such products would require a prescription.
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Here in TN, we have to show ID and sign for pseudoephedrine at the pharmacy counter. The law limits how much you can buy at one time. It's a pain, but imagine how much worse it would be if you had to have a prescription.

Hey, if the state makes it a prescription drug, will insurance start paying for it?