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TN pseudoephedrine sales go to database


Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday signed into law a bill requiring drug stores to begin reporting sales of pseudoephedrine to a multi-state database by Jan. 1.

The National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) will provide a real-time tracking system of sales of the ingredient in cold and allergy medicines that is also a key recipe item for methamphetamine.

The Consumer Healthcare Product Association sponsored NPLEx as an alternative to requiring prescriptions for the over-the-counter drugs.

Mississippi and Oregon require prescriptions. Law enforcement officers in Tennessee had also pushed for a prescription requirement.

The NPLEx system is being offered at no charge to the state and to pharmacies.