8/17/2005

Oregon's governor signed into law the nation's first statewide ban on the sale of certain cold medicines without a prescription, even though the FDA has approved them for OTC sale. The law requires a prescription for any medicine that contains pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make methamphetamine. The bill allows nearly a year for regulations to be drafted and the law to take effect, but the Board of Pharmacy's head said the rules could be in place within three months.

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