Lawmakers consider bill requiring Rx for cold meds

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SPRINGFIELD -- State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require prescriptions for common cold medicines that are used to make methamphetamine.

A Senate panel heard testimony Thursday on SB 3502. It would make drugs containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine Schedule III controlled substances and require prescriptions.

Pekin Police Chief Greg Nelson told lawmakers that methamphetamine users and producers "are adapting and changing, and we need to adapt and change also."

But others argue requiring prescriptions for some decongestants would be a burden on consumers. Consumer Healthcare Products Association drug lobbyist Carlos Gutierrez says some consumers can't afford to see a doctor for cold medicine.

Illinois lawmakers have previously restricted the purchase of similar drugs.

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