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CHPA Statement on Statewide South Carolina Consumer Poll
Date:3/21/2013

n>South Carolina lawmakers and officials are pushing for a prescription-only law.

"Rather than pursue a policy that would burden responsible taxpayers, South Carolina leaders should focus on balanced solutions that penalize criminals, not law-abiding consumers," Gutierrez concluded.

Key findings from the poll (Courtesy of Basswood Research)

  • By a large margin of 69%-26%, South Carolinians oppose the proposal to require everyone who wants to buy decongestant cold or allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine to first get a prescription from a doctor.   
  • A significant majority (57%-37%) say that it would be somewhat or very inconvenient for them or a family member to have to obtain a doctor's prescription in order to purchase nonprescription cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine.  The level of inconvenience spikes highest among those who have minor children in their home, i.e. parents.  In that subgroup, 67% of respondents say the prescription requirement would be somewhat or very inconvenient.

CHPA is the 132-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements.

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[1] March 2013 Presentation by Executive Director of the Nevada Prosecution Advisory to the Nevada Board of Pharmacy


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