Ala. House Passes Bill to Limit Sale of Cold Medicine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) -- The Alabama House has passed a bill that requires certain cold medications that contain ingredients used to make methamphetamines only be sold in pharmacies.

The bill also limits the amount of the medication that a person can buy. It did not go as far as some wanted and require a prescription for the medication that provides needed relief for some allergy sufferers.

The bill by Rep. Blaine Galliher, R-Gadsden, required that the medicines, such as the common cold medication, Sudafed, only be sold in pharmacies.

Some have pushed the Legislature to adopt legislation that would only allow purchase of those types of medication with a prescription. But Galliher argued that would punish honest citizens who need the sinus clearing medications.

The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.

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