Thursday, July 27, 2006

Signing for Sudafed

A new Federal law, known as the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, was enacted in March with the renewal of the Patriot Act. Beginning September 30, P.L. 109-177, sec. 701-756 puts limits on the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine.

These decongestants, like Sudafed, must be kept behind the counter and you can buy no more than 3.6 grams per day or 9 grams per month. Purchasers will be required to present ID and sign a log book with their name, address, and the date and time of purchase.

Many drug stores are already implementing these procedures. Details on the requirements are available at General Information Regarding The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 [Title VII of Public Law 109-177]. More information on health care issues is available at Mass. Law About Health Care.