The Associated Press reports: Allergy sufferers in Oregon are now required to have a prescription to buy allergy medicines that contain the decongestant pseudoephedrine. These medicines, which include Sudafed, Claritin-D, and NyQuil, were previously sold over-the-counter.
The new law represents Oregon's latest effort to control production of the dangerous drug methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine is a main ingredient in methamphetamine.
Pharmacists and consumers have mixed feelings about the law. Most people agree that the law will slow illegal production of methamphetamine, but others are worried that people who don't have enough money for a doctor visit may never receive the medicine they need.
‘It's going to be a pain,’ said consumer Celly Howards. ‘But in the papers you read all the time about that drug [meth] and what it does.’