JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri senators defeat an attempt to require prescriptions for cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine.
The provision was aimed at combating methamphetamine production. Law enforcement officials say meth cooks get around current pseudoephedrine limits by visiting several pharmacies to purchase the maximum amount of the drug allowed under law.
Sen. Jason Crowell, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, was trying to attach the provision to a larger crime bill. Senators defeated the attempt 18-6.
Critics argue requiring a prescription would only punish those who have a cold and needlessly crowd doctors' offices.