Ga. House limits sale of pseudoephedrine

12:36 PM, Apr 12, 2011   |    comments
The Georgia State Capitol (AP)
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ATLANTA (AP) - Only pharmacies in Georgia would be able to sell pseudoephedrine, under a bill headed to Gov. Nathan Deal's desk.

The House approved the bill (House Bill 93) 167-3 on Tuesday.

Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, is a key ingredient in the illegal drug methamphetamine. The use of methamphetamine has become a growing problem in Georgia.

The bill would reclassify pseudoephedrine as a Schedule 5 exempt drug. Cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine would still be available for sale without a prescription, but only in pharmacies.

The change was part of an update to controlled substance classifications in Georgia. The bill has already passed the Senate and now heads to Deal for his signature.

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