A Prescription Will be Required For Allergy Medications in Manchester

Beginning Nov. 15, a prescription will be required to purchase cold and allergy medications that contain pseudoephedrine. Manchester aldermen passed the ordinance Monday night.

Manchester Aldermen voted 5:1 Monday night to require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine products within the city of Manchester. Alderman John Diehl was the only vote against the new ordinance that will take effect Nov. 15. He previously stated that he felt the requirement pushed shoppers out of Manchester and the issue needed to be handled on a larger scale.

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Pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient used to make methamphetamine, is often taken by allergy sufferers and found in many popular over the counter drugs like Sudafed, Claritin-D, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D. 

Currently, those drugs are behind the pharmacist's counter and an ID is required to purchase them. Beginning Nov. 15, a prescription will be required in Manchester.

As previously reported by Patch,  Manchester Police Chief Tim Walsh also supports the prescription requirement.

In addition to fighting meth locally, proponents of the ordinance say by the cities passing such ordinances, they are putting pressure on St. Louis County and the state by showing them that the cities support such a law. However, representatives for the drug manufacturers say these city ordinances are not swaying state legislatures.

Manchester aldermen heard from both sides of the argument at the last board of aldermen meeting on Oct. 1 and voted to pass the prescription requirement at Monday's meeting.

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Manchester's ordinance includes an exemption, similar to the one in St. Charles County's ordinance, that allows pseudoephederin products that cannot be converted into meth to be sold without a prescription. 

Aldermen Paul Hamill said the Nov. 15 effective date should allow people time to get prescriptions and, more importantly, it will allow the new Zephrex-D product to reach the market.

As previously reported by Patch, Zephrex D is expeced to be available in St. Louis area pharmacies Nov. 1. Since its maker and drug agents say it cannot be converted into meth, it can then be sold without a prescription in cities with exemptions like Manchester's in their ordinances.

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Mike Budd October 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Decided finally... Well, to my point of view it makes sense, considering that Zephrex-D will be available soon. But I am not sure about one point: is it still necessary for Highland Pharmaceuticals to request an exemption from the Combat Meth Act 2005? Maybe I was wrong about this point when trying to guess all consequences here: http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com/ephedrine-sold-over-the-counter-a-political-fiction Will we get Zephrex D without prescription in November, or is a prescription required until Highland gets this exemption? Thanks! Mike
Michael Stricker December 05, 2012 at 07:43 PM


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