Senator withdraws pseudoephedrine bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican Sen. Robert Stivers of
Manchester has withdrawn his proposal to regulate the sale of
over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines used in making

Stivers said Thursday he withdrew the measure because of "the
status of the bill."

The proposal would have required a prescription for more than
7.5 grams a month of pseudoephedrine and similar drugs.

Stivers said he was looking at "different alternatives" that
might have "substantial support and not be divisive."

He said the advertising and lobbying campaign by the Consumer
Healthcare Products Association and other groups "had an impact"
on the outcome.

Stivers wouldn't say what alternatives might be considered as
early as next week until he has had private discussions with other
The proposal is Senate Bill 50.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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