Prescriptions sought for certain cold medicines

Associated Press

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.

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