Would you pay for a doctor's visit to get cold medicine prescription?
Tue, 10 May 2011 19:37:45 GMT —
Missouri house members have passed a bill that aims to crack down on meth users by requiring prescriptions for some cold and allergy medicines containing Pseudoephedrine.
KRCG TMs Facebook fans sounded off Tuesday on the plan, and we took their questions to a local doctor.
More meth lab busts are made in Missouri than any other state and meth makers need the decongestant Pseudoephedrine to make the drug.
In Jefferson City I spoke with residents who support the plan that requires people to get a prescription to buy cold medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine.
"If it helps get meth off the streets then that's what needs to be done, Cole County Resident Debbie Robinett said.
"I know there have been a lot of meth labs in rural areas in Missouri and like I said I TMve seen meth kill a lot of people and families. So I hope this legislation gets passed, Cole County Resident Dinah Taylor said.
But one physician I talked to echoed some of the concerns we heard Tuesday on our Facebook page.
"You make anything prescription, it's going to create a lot more calls for us and people will have to come in. We don't want that, Capital Family Care Dr. Eric Caywood said. It's hard enough to get into any physician anyway. So this would create just another obstacle for patients."
The measure would only require a prescription for the solid tablets, which are more long acting than liquids or gel capsules.
But Caywood fears if this plan passes more medicines will soon be available "by prescription only."
"We TMre afraid it will go from one step to the next. They TMve already pulled a lot of cough cold medicines off the market and from over the counter, Caywood said. So then what happens in the future, would Robitussin or any other cough cold medicines be pulled from the shelves? If that happens it then would come back to us and everyone would want cough cold medications. That would make our jobs a lot more difficult."
The meth bill cleared the house on a vote of 86 to 64 Monday and went to the senate.
The legislative sessions ends Friday evening.
Tell us what you think. Would you pay to get a prescription for cold medicine?
Missouri House members have passed legislation that aims to crack down on methamphetamine by requiring prescriptions for some cold and allergy remedies containing Pseudoephedrine.
The decongestant is a key ingredient in meth.
The prescription requirement would apply to solid tablets that contain the substance. Liquids and gel-caps could still be purchased without a prescription.
So are you willing to pay for a doctor's visit to get a prescription for cold medication?
Tonight at ten KRCG's Facebook Team asks doctors and residents what they think about this legislation.
Tell us what you think. Do you think requiring prescriptions for cold and allergy medicine containing Psedudoephedrine will help stop the meth problem?
(The Associated Press Contriubuted to this article)