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SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Avalere Health Determines Prescription Legislation Will Significantly Increase Cost of Healthcare
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today highlighted a new market-impact study conducted by Avalere Health and supported by CHPA. The study examined the potential market impacts of a prescription-only policy for cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) compared to the implementation of real-time, stop-sale technology to block illegal sales of such medicines.
The report concluded that while a prescription-only policy would reduce PSE purchases for illicit use, such an approach would also place substantial burdens on consumers who rely on these medicines. Conversely, real-time stop sale technology will minimize illicit PSE purchases and avoid additional burdens on law-abiding citizens.
Key findings from the study (Courtesy of Avalere Health):
"This year's Avalere study confirms and strengthens our belief that the best way to address domestic methamphetamine production is through balanced legislation at the state level," said Scott Melville, president and chief executive officer of CHPA. "Prescription requirements on these popular medicines place substantial burdens on law-abiding citizens while failing to address to the root sources of meth crime, such as Mexican-made meth and addiction."
"CHPA has long promoted policies that aim to stop the illegal sale of PSE-containing medicines by targeting criminals instead of law-abiding citizens," Melville continued. "Balanced programs such as real-time, stop-sale technology and drug-offender block lists have already demonstrated quantifiable success against meth criminals in a number of key states. Going forward, we will continue to work with law enforcement officials and policymakers across the country to develop and implement more effective solutions that punish criminals, not law-abiding citizens who depend on these cold and allergy medicines for relief."
Editor's note: A copy of the Avalere report, "Managing Access to Pseudoephedrine" can be found online.
The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 133-year-old trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system $6-$7, contributing a total of $102 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital role of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements in America's healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy.
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