Pharmacists weigh in on new cold medicine law

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Alleviating the symptoms of a common cold or allergies will no longer be easy in the state of Mississippi.

A new law that took effect July 1 requires a prescription for the sale of over the counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine.

"That's actually going to make our job a little easier," said Walnut Square Pharmacist Kenneth Dykes.

Dykes said the requirement of screening people who come in off the streets requesting the drug will no longer be an issue.

"We don't have to decide if this is a legitimate patient with a legitimate complaint or are they trying to divert this for some other use," he added.

Mississippi is one of a handful of states to restrict certain over the counter cold remedies.

Lawmakers feel it will help slow down the production of crystal meth.

Governor Haley Barbour signed the bill back in February and stated on his website he is "proud Mississippi can lead the way in battling this drug that damages lives."

Dykes agreed, "The problem is so bad in this state that you have to applaud the government for attempting to do something; it's a step in the right direction."

The good news, Dykes says, is people who really need relief still have many options without having to hand over even more money to the doctor.

"They work just as well, with less side effects."

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