Sudafed Bill Moves Ahead

The West Virginia Senate Committee on Health is moving forward on a proposal to make drugs used in the production of methamphetamine available only by prescription. The bill would allow an exception for certain over-the-counter drugs that are deemed "tamper resistant" by the Board of Pharmacy. Sen. Ronald Miller raised concerns Tuesday regarding how the bill might affect the way pseudoephedrines are tracked by law enforcement, since exempt drugs would be tracked through the state's controlled substance monitoring database instead of the pseudoephedrine tracking system NPlex. This means police would need reasonable suspicion to access information on drugs like Sudafed.