Cold medicines could require Rx under Colorado bill
April 28, 2011
DENVER (AP) – Common cold medicines such as Sudafed may soon require prescriptions in Colorado under a bill designed to block illegal methamphetamine.
A bill up for a hearing the Colorado Senate Thursday would require a prescription for drugs containing certain chemicals needed for meth production. Many of those products are already kept behind the counter and require a customer to ask for them, but this bill would further limit those drugs.
Oregon and Mississippi have already made those cold medicines prescription-only. Other states have rejected similar proposals after complaints the change would be too much of an inconvenience.
A fiscal analysis prepared for Colorado lawmakers said the change could cost $275,000 a year in lost sales taxes.
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