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Poll Indicates Michigan Residents Strongly Oppose Prescription Requirement for PSE

1.23.2017 – Stephanie Shenouda, DBusiness

Registered residents are “strongly opposed to legislation that would require a prescription for cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), which are currently available over the counter, says a new poll among registered Michigan voters that was conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association in Washington, D.C.

The association’s analysis indicates 65 percent of respondents treat colds and congestion with medication, and 86 percent use OTC medication, meaning they purchase it without a doctor’s appointment or supervision. Similarly, 62 percent of respondents treat allergies the same way, with 80 percent using non-prescription medication.

Despite concerns that PSE can be used in large quantities to create illegal drugs like methamphetamine, 67 percent of respondents oppose requiring a doctor’s prescription for cold and allergy medicine containing the compound.

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