Proposed bill would require a prescription for certain allergy m

Proposed bill would require a prescription for certain allergy medications


NASHVILLE (WATE) - A new state bill is taking aim at the meth epidemic, but allergy sufferers aren't too happy about it.

The bill, proposed by Greeneville Rep. David Hawk on Wednesday, would require everyone to get a prescription before they can buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

That means you'd have to see a doctor in order to buy certain products like Claritin-D, Advil Cold and Sinus or Sudafed.

The Tennessee Pharmacists Association opposes the bill.

"The legislation filed today by Rep. David Hawk punishes the vast majority of cold and allergy sufferers by making them go to the time and expense of obtaining a prescription from their physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner," said the group's executive director, Baeteena Black.

"We all agree that methamphetamine abuse is a serious problem that should be eradicated," she continued. "TPA and its members remain committed to working on this serious problem, but believe mandating a prescription for these everyday medications is not the solution."

Instead, the organization recommends lawmakers give the National Precursor Log Exchange, which was put into place last January, time to make an impact.

The system tracks purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine in real time and provides the information to law enforcement.

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