Senate Panel Approves Bill To Limit Cold Medicines

July 29, 2005-- Posted at 2:40 PM CDT

A bill to restrict sales of cold medicines that could be used to make the street drug methamphetamine ("meth") was approved Thursday by a U.S. Senate panel, the Associated Press reported.

The bill, approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote, would require stores to sell medicines containing pseudoephedrine from behind the pharmacy counter. Consumers who wanted to buy non-prescription drugs including Sudafed and Nyquil would have to show a photo ID and sign a log.

Buyers would be limited to about 250 30-milligram pills over a 30-day period, the wire service said. A computerized tracking program would make sure they didn't go to other stores to buy the medicines.

Groups representing retailers, which initially opposed the legislation, have been won over with compromises including an exception for stores like groceries that don't have a pharmacist on duty.

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