FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lobbyists have spent a record $8.8 million
in Frankfort this year at a time when lawmakers were considering
legislation to make some cold and allergy medications available
only by prescription.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association was the biggest
single spender, investing more than $486,000 in a partially
successful push to quash the legislation that would have ended
over-the-counter sales of medications, including Claritin-D and
Mucinex-D, that contain pseudoephedrine.
That legislation was intended to curb methamphetamine
production. It passed only after lawmakers changed it to allow
people to buy roughly two packages of the medications per month or
up to seven packages per year without a prescription. People who
need more than that would have to get a prescription.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association represents major
providers of over-the-counter medications.
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