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Analysis: Missouri mulls limiting medicine to curb meth

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Amid a national push to make health care cheaper and simpler, Missouri is considering legislation that intentionally makes it more cumbersome.

State lawmakers have filed bills that would require a doctor's prescription to get certain cold and allergy medications that currently can be bought over the counter.

The idea is to make it harder to produce methamphetamine by restricting the key ingredient pseudoephedrine.

Missouri's efforts to further limit access to the medicine come as officials are trying to expand access to health care across the country.

Bill supporters say any disruption for consumers would be minor because alternative medicines are available.

They say the affect on meth would be significant.

Critics contend that requiring prescriptions will make health care even more expensive.

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