Pseudoephedrine survey true or false? - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Pseudoephedrine survey true or false?

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41)--The debate over whether you'll have to see a doctor to get some cold medicines in Kentucky has taken an ugly turn.  That's because people on one side of the pseudoephedrine debate accuse some opponents of flat out lying.

Whether you have nasal congestion or just simply need allergy relief, stocking your medicine cabinet could soon require a little help from your family doctor.  "On a personal level I am not a big fan," says Sharon Zentner, co-owner of Medical Towers Pharmacy.

Zentner says she is torn about Kentucky's pheudoephedrine debate.  On one hand, a proposed bill that would require a doctor's prescription to buy the drug would inconvenience her husband.   "He takes sudafed sinus for sinus headaches."  But if the law changes, that means more money out their pocket.  "Versus right now you can get it relatively cheap, you add a 50 dollar office visit and that's pretty expensive."

Zentner is also part owner of a pharmacy and says scheduling doctor's appointments to help fight the meth problem would make her job easier.  "It would in a way, it's a prescriptions coming through the door just like any other prescription you know keep it in stock and be able to fill it for the customer."

Meanwhile, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released a series of ads touting a survey that shows the majority of Americans oppose "prescription-only" laws, but there's one problem.  "My main question was who did they survey or study?  They never bother to mention that," says Sgt. Stanley Salyards, with LMPD's Narcotic Unit.

Charlotte Collins is a vice president with the Allergy and Asthma foundation of America; she says the survey was conducted by a legitimate polling group, and included more than 2-thousand allergy, cold, sinus and asthma sufferers.  "What they found was that 70 percent of those survey or actually 71 percent were opposed to prescription only psuedoephedrine," says Collins.

But Salyards says even if the survey is legit, safety is more important.  "Safety defiantly outweighs the small inconvenience the 22 month old child that was killed in '09.  I mean is it not worth a little inconvenience if you need one of those 15 products?"

Senate Bill 45 has been approved by a committee and could be voted on by the full senate as early as this week.

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