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Bill could require a prescription for medicines containing pseudophedrine

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – A billis being considered that could force you to have a doctor's prescription to buymedicines such as Sudafed and Mucinex.

The bill is aimed to crackdown on meth labs, but it is causing a lot of controversy.

The bill narrowly passedthe Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, and now moves on to anuncertain future in the senate.

WAVE 3 stopped by the Valu Market in Highview Friday where over thecounter medications containing pseudophedrine, a key ingredient in meth, werebehind the counter.  All sales are loggedboth on paper and the nationwide meth check website.

Dan Kelty, a Valu Marketcustomer, said he to thought there should be other ways to control meth labs, "Maybethey ought to have a little bit better enforcement of the law maybe that willstop it better. So when they find the meth labs and they break them up, theyneed to put them in jail longer than a day or two. That might help."

The Pharmacist at the ValuMarket, Neil Wilsey, told WAVE 3 that making  pseudophedrine available by prescription onlysounds like a good idea to him, "They continue to have meth labs flourishing inspite of what they've done so far with regulating the sales of pseudoephedrineso it seems like they need to do something, a next step which if they put itback on prescription would restrict the sale to people who have been to adoctor ."

In 2011, a similar bill passedthe Judiciary Committee but once it got to the Senate it never made it to avote.

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