Navigation Links
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-only mandate on commonly available cold and allergy medications containing PSE, without a hearing and are now trying to push identical legislation through the Senate (S.B. 2339). Should this legislation pass, it would place an unnecessary burden on families, significantly increase consumer costs, and hurt the state's finances at the worst possible time.

"Because Mississippi does not tax prescription drugs, this legislation would also divert $590,000 from the general fund annually, as well as increase the costs to Mississippi's Medicaid program through increased doctor's visits and prescriptions as a result," Funderburk continued. "This would be an expensive new mandate from the state on the budgets of Mississippi families and Mississippi taxpayers. There is a better way to fight meth, and that's through establishing an electronic tracking program to stop the illegal sale to criminals."

The proposed prescription legislation flies in the face of Mississippi voter sentiment. Sixty-one percent of Mississippi voters surveyed are opposed to an Rx-only law. And 59 percent 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."

What the lawmakers don't want the public to realize is that they are rejecting a better way to address the state's methamphetamine problem without limiting consumer access to these important medicines – a real-time electronic tracking (e-tracking) system of PSE purchases at the pharmacy or service counter. E-tracking is successfully being implemented across a growing number of states, including neighboring Louisiana in the near future. Two-thirds (66 percent) of those surveyed support such a system in Mississippi, as well.

The survey, conducted from January 14-23, involved 350 Mississippi state residents aged 18 or over, all of whom voted in the last election, and has a margin-of-error of +/-5.2%. The survey was sponsored by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

David Binder Research has been a source for innovative research for more than 25 years, providing high-quality survey, focus group and media research services to clients throughout the United States.

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

www.chpa-info.org  

SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association

RELATED LINKS
http://www.chpa-info.org

'/>"/>

SOURCE Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. ISAR-REACT 3 Pits Bivalirudin vs. Unfractionated Heparin in PCI
2. AlphaDetail AlphaPulse(TM): Most Practicing Physicians React Positively to FDA Panels Recommendation for Additional Cardiovascular Safety Trials for New Diabetes Medications.
3. Vical Pandemic Influenza Vaccines Achieve T-Cell Responses and Cross-Clade Reactivity in Humans
4. VerifyNow(R) System Highlighted in POPular Study Comparing Platelet Reactivity Tests
5. St. Jude Settles Century-Old Debate on Origin of Mammalian Network of Lymphatic Vessels
6. New Studies End Debate on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
7. Lung Transplants in Cystic Fibrosis Patients With Life-Threatening Bacteria Sparks Debate at ISHLT Meeting
8. Medical Technology Executives Descend on D.C. as AdvaMed 2009: The MedTech Conference Kicks Off and Health Care Debate Continues
9. Time to Blow Up the Pharmaceutical Sales Model? New Deloitte Debate
10. AST Concerned That Kidney Transplant Patients May Suffer Politics As Usual in Capitol Hill Health Care Reform Debate
11. Multiple NIH Phase 2 HIV Vaccine Trials Using Vicals Technology Produce Encouraging Results
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. ... Proton Therapy Market in Italy will double ... are currently three proton therapy centers in Italy ... Italy , the first patients were treated with proton beams ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 2017  Providence Medical Technology, Inc., an innovator ... two industry veterans to the commercial leadership team.  ... to lead Global Marketing, and Michael Scott ... and Mr. Scott have over 40 years of ... joins the company with over 22 years of ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... , March 29, 2017  Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, ... for GSP 301, an investigational fixed-dose combination of ... mcg) administered twice-daily as a nasal spray being ... These results are from a recently completed Phase ... GSP 301 combination therapy versus mometasone, olopatadine or ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:3/30/2017)... , ... March 30, 2017 , ... According to the ... performed each year, putting it among the top 5 most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures ... those million-plus procedures will be performed over the next 8-10 weeks. For anyone considering ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... ... March 30, 2017 , ... Nutrition Education for ... Dietetics (AND), will join nonprofit Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) in presenting “Eating Heart ... to help nutrition educators and students inform consumers about the health benefits of ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... co-op eligible dealer websites for its network of more than 650 U.S.-based dealers. Rhino, ... agricultural equipment including rotary and flail mowers and cutters, rear blades, post hole diggers, ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... Grass pollen is the main cause of hay fever in the United States, with an ... runs from May to July each year; with the worst time for sufferers being June ... balms ( http://www.haymax.us ) provide an effective defense against grass pollen; they are proven in ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... ... Sports Brand EXOUS Bodygear announced today a special sale price for the ... days of March, the price will be only $19.97. The EXOUS Bodygear 65cm ... (regular retail price $19.97). , The special promotional prices are to help individuals get ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):