By KEN MILLER
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Despite the defeat in a Senate subcommittee of a bill that would require prescriptions for cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine - supporters of the idea say they'll continue to fight for the requirement.
The bill by Republican Sen. Kim David failed on a 3-3 vote Wednesday in the subcommittee - but a virtually identical bill by Rep. Sue Tibbs is pending in the House.
Supporters say requiring prescriptions for the medications would reduce methamphetamine production in the state. Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of the drug.
Opponents such as the Oklahoma State Medical Association say other laws such as a system linking Oklahoma to adjoining states to track who purchases the medications would be more effective.