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Statement from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Mississippi Bill that Seeks to Make Cold, Allergy Medicines Containing Pseudoephedrine Prescription-Only
Date:1/28/2010

. Additionally, e-tracking would be implemented at no cost to the state; the makers of PSE-containing products would purchase and maintain the system for Mississippi.

"A CHPA-sponsored survey conducted by David Binder Research this month* found that almost two-thirds of Mississippi voters surveyed (N=350) feel making common cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine available by prescription only would be a big mistake, placing a heavy and unnecessary new burden on law-abiding people, significantly increasing consumer costs, and hurting the state's own finances at the worst possible time.

"Among other findings:

  • 61 percent of those surveyed would oppose laws that would require these medications be sold only by prescription.
  • 74 percent of those surveyed agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an 'unnecessary burden' for law-abiding citizens.
  • And 59 percent of those surveyed indicate they feel the legislative train is speeding forward too fast, agreeing 'before my state's lawmakers enact a new law, they should study the economic impact and societal burden a prescription law would pose.'

"This House bill was passed before hearing any testimony or listening to the concerns of constituents. We  urge the state legislature to assess the deep burdens of this bill and the proven alternative of e-tracking before placing such serious and costly restriction on law-abiding Mississippians. "

CHPA is the 129-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the- counter medicines and nutritional supplements.

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