Friday, January 27, 2012

Meds-for-meth bill could lead to overcrowding at doctors' office, Hopkinsville hospital official says

Making pseudoephedrine available only by prescription has led to fears of packed waiting rooms in doctors' offices, Dennis O'Neil writes for Hopkinsville's Kentucky New Era. (Photo of Sudafed pills by

"It could lead to some overcrowding of primary care facilities that are already overcrowded," said James Goss, director of marking and community relations for Jennie Stuart Medical Center.

This session, three bills have been introduced to deal with pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient to make meth. House Bill 80 would prohibit anyone convicted with a meth-related charge from getting the drug without a prescription. The other two bills would prohibit anyone from getting the drug without a prescription, with the exception of pills in gel cap form.

Goss said he is worried a new law would inconvenience patients. "On its face, the bill seems well intended to protect the health and well being of the community," he said. "We are sympathetic to the pocketbook and convenience issues of our patients." (Read more)

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