The bill works to further tighten the ability to obtain over the counter medication containing pseudoephedrine – such as Sudafed, without making the medicine prescription only. This bill was a collaborative effort between several entities ranging from retail association, to law enforcement, and district attorneys. While rare, it is still legal to purchase medication containing pseudoephedrine from retail establishments. This bill makes these medications available only through a pharmacy but NOT requiring a prescription. It is important to note that this bill does so much more than address the medication – it also makes identification requirements more stringent (you can currently use a library card...) and enables law enforcement to make a bust on a meth lab based on drug paraphernalia being present.
A substitute was offered on the floor that attempted to make over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine available by prescription only. I opposed this maneuver as it penalized law abiding citizens, requiring everyone to take time off work, visit a doctor, pay a co-pay, get a prescription, go to the pharmacy, pay another co-pay, to get their allergy medication. Imagine how congested doctor’s offices would become. We were successful in defeating the substitute and passing the original bill. It now goes to the Governor for signature. I appreciate everyone working together to pass this common sense legislation.
As the day continued we were able to pass other bills, a couple of bills were carried over so that members could work out a mutually agreed upon solution (a novel idea….) and then the wheels promptly came off. Everyone knew it was going to happen – it was like watching a train wreck. Remember the filibuster from Tuesday – pitting Insurance Industry backed Republicans against other Republicans? Well, the side doing the filibuster on Tuesday had a bill on the calendar this afternoon. As I’m sure readers have guessed – the opposition decided to return the favor and shut down the Senate in another filibuster. It’s like Groundhog Day around here…
Semper Fi - Bill