Monday, August 01, 2005

Unforeseen consequences making cold medicine a prescription only drug

Robin's commentary


The topic of prescription cold medicine came up on Lars's show today, and a caller brought up an interesting point.

The question was asked, "If I went to Washington State, bought Sudafed, and then brought it back into Oregon, and then gave the drug to my wife, would I get in trouble for distributing a prescription drug?"

During the break, Lars made a phone call to the DA's office who confirmed that it is a federal crime to administer a prescription drug to someone else.

Next, Lars read my e-mail on the air which brought up the point that if you go to the doctor, and get a prescription for Sudafed that you could not even share it (legally) with your family without a prescription.

In addition, under Ted tax-and-gouge-me proposal, there will also be a limit on how much Sudafed you can have in your house at one time. I think that they said it was 9 mg maximum.

So think about the next time that one of your family members comes down with the flu, and you would normally reach for the medicine cabinet for the good reliable used to be over-the-counter legal in the rest of the country flu medicine and not be able to share it with your sick family members.

Moreover, this is only the beginning.

By the way, for those who think this has really made a significant impact on Meth production, think again. They are already talking about in the news about huge quantities coming from Mexico.

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