Pharmacies to require prescriptions for cold meds

TERRE HAUTE, IN (AP) — Four Terre Haute pharmacies will now require prescriptions for the purchase of certain cold medicines that can be used as ingredients in methamphetamine.

Kmart, Wal-Mart, JR Pharmacy and Terre Haute Prescription Shop agreed at the request of area police to require a doctor's prescription before selling products containing pseudoephedrine or ephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient in several cold or allergy medicines, including Sudafed, Claritin D and Aleve Cold & Sinus.

Three other pharmacies, Kroger, CVS and Walgreens, have agreed to seek corporate approval to enact the prescription-only policy by July 1.

Purchases of the medicines already are limited and tracked under state law.


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