FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Legislation that would limit purchases of some popular over-the-counter cold and allergy medications has cleared the House.
The goal is to limit access to medicines like Mucinex D and Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine that's being widely abused in the state.
The House voted 60-36 Wednesday afternoon to pass the bill, which now returns to the Senate for final passage.
The proposal would limit any one person's purchases to no more than 7.2 grams in a month or 24 grams in a year. People who need more would have to get a prescription.
The restrictions would allow individuals to purchase roughly 10 boxes of the medications per year.
The legislation is Senate Bill 3.
Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA):
"We are disappointed by today's vote which comes less than a week after comes days after the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America released its 2012 allergy capitals rankings. Not surprisingly, Louisville ranks third on the list of the most challenging cities to live in with allergies," said Scott Melville, president and chief executive officer of CHPA. "The entire Commonwealth of Kentucky experiences some of the worst allergy seasons year after year, yet proponents of SB 3 are seeking to make it more difficult for chronic allergy sufferers to access the cold and allergy medicines they depend on for timely relief.”
“CHPA stands with the Kentucky General Assembly in our shared commitment to stop the illegal production of methamphetamine in the Commonwealth. However, we believe that imposing considerable burdens on the thousands of Kentuckians who depend on these medicines for relief is the wrong solution. Kentucky policymakers should focus on legislation that targets criminals, not responsible workers and families.”