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Regulating Asthma & Allergy Drugs in Pharmacies

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Many states are considering laws that would require you to obtain a prescription to buy OTC allergy and cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine.
Air Date: 8/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Garth K. Reynolds, RPh
Garth ReynoldsGarth Reynolds is a pharmacist, licensed in Illinois and Missouri. Garth received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He has worked in a variety of community practice settings include independent, regional, and national chains.

Most recently, he was the Pharmacy Supervisor and Immunization Coordinator of the Adolescent and Adult Immunization Care Program at Dierbergs Markets, Inc., a regional supermarket and community pharmacy chain based in Chesterfield, MO. Garth is also an adjunct clinical laboratory instructor in Pharmaceutics and Advanced Pharmacy Practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy lecturing in topics on pharmacy technology, pharmacy regulation, drug diversion, and prescription fraud.

Garth received the 2015 APhA Immunization Champion Award for Partnership. Garth is a past president of the IPhA; and since January 2013, Garth has been the Executive Director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association in Springfield, Illinois.
Regulating Asthma & Allergy Drugs in Pharmacies
If you suffer from allergies or you catch a cold occasionally, you know how miserable it can be from the stuffy nose, dry and scratchy throat, and feeling like your head is like a balloon.

You probably have a go-to medication that includes pseudoephedrine (PSE) for instant relief; one that's readily accessible at your local drugstore.

However, some states are making medications that contain PSE harder to access due to the rise in abuse of the medication as a way to get high.

Many states are considering laws that would require a consumer to obtain a prescription to purchase PSE. What kind of impact could you expect from mandating PSE as prescription-only?

Garth K. Reynolds, RPh, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the changes in common OTC allergy and asthma medications that might be happening in your area and how this will affect your access to medications.

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