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Columbia Pharmacy Demonstrates System To Block Meth Cookers

11.05.15 – Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8

COLUMBIA- D&H Pharmacy demonstrated the electronic system in place to prevent individuals from illegally purchasing cold and allergy medications. The medications contain pseudoephedrine (PSE), the substance used to make meth.

Law enforcement uses the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) to track purchases of substances containing PSE. The system prevents individuals from purchasing products with PSE once the individual has reached his or her daily or monthly limit. Missouri Pharmacy Association CEO Ron Fitzwater said the system is a joint venture between pharmacists and law enforcement to prevent illegal use of products with PSE.

“Missouri, like a number of other states, had a problem with methamphetamine,” Fitzwater said. “We worked with law enforcement, with legislature, to put a system in to allow pharmacists to hopefully stop the sale of products going out to be used to cook meth.”

Fitzwater said there was a push to make medications with PSE accessible by prescription only, but the current system allows patients to access products they need right away.

“There was a push to go to a mandatory prescription for over-the-counter products,” Fitzwater said. “We tried to set a system that was somewhat in the middle, that gave us a couple checks and balances.”

When a pharmacist scans an item containing PSE, NPLEx gives the pharmacist a response on the register screen. The system tracks how much the individual has purchased during the day and month and allows or denies permission for the individual to purchase the product based on his or her purchase history.


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