KY lawmakers consider prescriptions for allergy medicine

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a measure that would require a prescription for any medication that contains ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, which is the active ingredient in allergy medicines like Sudafed.

Pseudoephedrine is also used in making methamphetamine.

Pharmacist Craig Seither, who owns Ft. Thomas Drug Center, says it may inconvenience some of his customers who will now have to go to their doctor to get a prescription before they can buy allergy medicine. Seither says he understands the intent of the measure is to combat methamphetamine production, but he has doubts about its effectiveness.

"I honestly think the game plan will change for those that are using the pseudoephedrine to basically make the methamphetamine," he said.

Martha Bentley is a consumer who says the abuse of over the counter medications makes the prescription proposal inevitable.

"Because of the abuse of all the drugs so I feel its important and necessary to have a prescription to make it harder for them to get their drugs," she said.

Kentucky already requires consumers show identification and sign for over the counter medications containing pseudoephedrine.

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