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Pharmacists against prescriptions for cold meds


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - As the TBI proposes a new law requiring prescriptions for some common cold and allergy medications, such as Nyquil or Claritin, some pharmacists believe prices on the medication could increase dramatically.

Most people use the medications for cold and allergy relief, though a small minority have found a way to use an ingredient in the over-the-counter drugs to make methamphetamine.

The ingredient in question is pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant.

The products have already been pulled from store shelves and can only be purchased through a pharmacist.

However, the TBI believes the already in place precautions are not enough to prevent people from purchasing the over the counter medications to make meth. 

The TBI wants Tennessee to require people to have a prescription to purchase any medication that contains pseudoephedrine.

Requiring a prescription for the medication means a trip to the doctor, a co-pay and a trip to the pharmacist who will have to fill the prescription.

DCA Pharmacist West Conner said that can be costly for patients.

For example, Conner said that a $6 box of medication is going to increase significantly.

"The price is going to jump up to 10 times that much, maybe as much as $70," Conner told Nashville's News 2.

Those without insurance pay a higher cost.

Conner said the Tennessee Pharmacists Association favors a multi-state computer system that can track purchases.

"So when a customer comes into a pharmacy in Tennessee, Kentucky will know what that person purchased as far as the pseudoephedrine goes," Conner explained.

On Thursday, the Tennessee Pharmacists Association will join with lawmakers to speak out against the prescription requirements for medications that contain pseudoephedrine.

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