OK Doctors Oppose Cold Medicine Restriction Plan

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Three Oklahoma medical groups are opposing a plan to restrict the purchase of cold and allergy medication containing a key ingredient used in making methamphetamine.

The Tulsa World reports the Oklahoma State Medical Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians are against requiring
consumers to obtain prescriptions before they can buy products with pseudoephedrine in them.

Advocates say the restrictions will reduce meth labs. But the physician groups argue it will keep people from using medicine that's deemed effective and safe for over-the-counter sales.

Wes Glinsman with the State Medical Association says the group's board of trustees supports linking Oklahoma to a registry that would allow police to track drug sales in Oklahoma and bordering states.

Rep. Doug Cox disagrees with the groups' position.