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Doctors endorse requiring Rx for pseudoephedrine

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Medical Association is endorsing a plan to require cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine to be dispensed only to people with a doctor's prescription.

KMA spokesman Marty White said the physicians believe requiring prescriptions for the medications will help combat the illegal production of crystal meth, a relatively cheap drug that is widely abused in Kentucky.

The pseudoephedrine in many over-the-counter cold medicines is a primary ingredient in meth.

Under Kentucky law, medications containing pseudoephedrine are kept behind pharmacy counters. The identities of people who purchase them are recorded in an electronic log.

White said the physicians will be pushing to make the medications prescription only when the legislature convenes in January.

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