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Mississippians React to Rushed Pseudoephedrine Debate Raging in the State Legislature
Date:1/30/2010

Consumers Oppose Prescription Mandate; Prefer Alternative Method to Fighting Meth

JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mississippians are expressing outrage at lawmakers' rush to change over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) to a prescription (Rx) drug.

"The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has provided a phone number for Mississippians to contact their legislators which within the first day fielded scores of calls from around the state. We have heard their outrage on talk radio, and online posting to news web pages. And recent polling shows almost two-thirds of Mississippi voters oppose the legislation. Everyone wants to fight meth, but Mississippians believe an electronic tracking procedure is better than the added cost and burden of a prescription mandate," said Elizabeth Funderburk of CHPA.

CHPA's legislative call line for Mississippians is 1-866-346-8118 or they can visit www.StopMethNotMeds.org.

Almost two-thirds of Mississippi voters surveyed oppose making common cold and allergy medications containing PSE available by Rx-only, and 74 percent agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an "unnecessary burden" for law-abiding citizens (2010, DB Research). While those voters were not heard or even considered before last week's rushed House vote, Mississippians are now making their voices heard and contacting their state Senators.

Last week, the state's House passed H.B. 512, legislation that would impose an Rx-onl
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