As the NET News Service reported earlier this month, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says there will be a “huge push” in the Tennessee General Assembly next year to require state residents to obtain a prescription for any over-the-counter medicine containing pseudoephedrine.
“That’s going to be tough,” said Ramsey, R-Blountville in the report. “That’s pushing government down on the people. All of us are going to have to balance that with what’s best for society.”
We believe cold and allergy sufferers in Tennessee would be asked to suffer even more under this proposal.
State law already requires pharmacies to place cold and sinus tablets that contain pseudoephedrine behind the counter. Buying such drugs requires a customer to show photo identification to a store clerk and then sign for the purchase.
The customer’s personal information is placed into a government database that prevents an individual from purchasing more than three boxes in a month’s time.
With the area pollen count rising so heavily each spring and the dramatic seasonal changes that come from living in this part of the country, local cold and allergy sufferers will continue to sneeze and cough their way to the drugstore whether or not these laws are allowed. But the price of prescription drugs will discourage consumers from making that necessary purchase.
While we know meth continues to be a problem in our state and pseudoephedrine is the main ingredient, we shouldn’t inconvenience consumers in the process of addressing this issue.
You can Sound off on this topic by telling us what you think of making nasal decongestant medicines containing pseudoephedrine prescription drugs.
Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, telephone number and address for verification. We will print your responses on Opinion pages in the coming weeks.