Locals weigh in on pseudoephedrine issue

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Pharmacist Cindi Williams knows many people are concerned with the possibility of making pseudoephedrine a prescription only medicine.

"Prescription drugs are more expensive than over the counter drugs and yes that's certainly a concern. Plus, you would have the added cost of a physicians office visit to obtain the medicine in addition to the cost of the medication; so there's definitely pros and cons to both sides of the issue." says Williams.

Mike Smith thinks many people who don't have health insurance would no longer be able to cure the common cold.

"Well you go without because you can't afford to go to the doctor every time you have a cold." Smith says.

And the popular opinion around the area is that removing this medicine from the shelf would only serve as an inconvenience to those who need it.

"I don't think two or three people should ruin it for everyone and I don't think everyone and i don't think everyone has the money to go to the doctor." says Michael Combs, who opposes the ban.

Even with these concerns the good news is that if the medicine was to be banned it would only be in the tablet form, meaning other forms of pseudoephedrine would be available over the counter.

"Liquid or gel caps are available without meth check procedure because for some reason they are not used as pre-cursors to meth." says Williams.

And although Williams is on the fence about the issue, she believes if the ban prevented the production of methamphetamine the reward would be worth the inconvenience.

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