Sunday, February 19, 2012

Debate on Pseudoephedrine Renewed

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Medical Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, and the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians all announced last Tuesday that they are taking a stance against proposals to make pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug.

Rep. Ben Sherrer has renewed his push to pass House Bill1235 which would make pseudoephedrine a Schedule III drug. The measure was introduced during the 2011 session at the request of law enforcement that was looking for a way to reduce the number of meth labs in the state of Oklahoma.
House Bill 1235 could receive a hearing during this legislative session. 

Similar efforts last week in the Senate failed to gain the votes needed for passage. Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, joined Rep. Sherrer’s effort to make the tablet form of pseudoephedrine only available by prescription by introducing similar legislation this year.

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