The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation to track purchases of cold and allergy medications with ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the active ingredients commonly found in nasal decongestants but also used to manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine.
While federal laws already limit the amount of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine consumers can purchase, House Bill 602 would allow each sale to be entered into a database where it would be available to both pharmacies and police.
The sale information would include the name and address of the buyer, the product and quantity purchased, the date and time of the purchase, a driver's license number or other identification, and the signature of the buyer.
The sales tracking and blocking database was funded by makers of cold and allergy medications that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The system allows law enforcement to track purchases made in all participating states.
House Bill 602 now heads to the state Senate for consideration.