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Poll Shows Widespread Opposition to Prescription Requirement for PSE in Michigan

1.19.2017 – Consumer Healthcare Products Association, PRNewswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) released the results of a recent poll of registered voters in Michigan showing Michiganders are strongly opposed to legislation that would require a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE). The researchers found that:

  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) treat colds and congestion with medication, and six out of seven of them (86%) use non-prescription (OTC) medication.
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents (62%) treat allergies with medication, and four out of five of them (80%) use non-prescription medication.
  • Nearly seven out of 10 respondents (67%) oppose requiring a prescription for OTC cold and allergy medication containing PSE.

“This poll of Michigan consumers, showing that a strong majority of voters are opposed to a prescription requirement for current OTC cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, makes clear that there is widespread rejection of unnecessary restrictions on these types of medicine,” said Carlos Gutiérrez, vice president for state and local government affairs at CHPA. “From the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, Michiganders reject this costly and over-reaching approach. There are already a number of laws on the books that help to fight the meth problem in Michigan, including the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which serve as strong barriers to meth makers getting their hands on medicine containing PSE.”

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