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Prescription Cough Medicine

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 09:42 PM CDT

Pharmacies are already legally required to keep medicines
with pseudoephedrine behind the counter. If a state lawmaker has it his way,
those medicines will require a prescription-- written by a doctor. 

"They want to charge you $25 co-pay just to see the
doctor and sometime you pay twice that," Alonzo Pickett of Springfield

Pickett says that co-pay is why he hasn't seen a doctor
lately. Beaux Cole, pharmacist at the Medicine Shoppe in Springfield, says that
is the main reason this bill is a bad idea.

"Oh I have seen on a fairly regular basis where a
patient decides whether or not to continue medication if they have to go see
the physician," Cole said.

In the medical world opinions are a dime a dozen.  Elizabeth Long at Victory Pharmacy in Decatur
has a different one.

"I think it's a good idea to make it prescription only.
I think it would have tighter control, easier to track down," Long said.

The court of public opinion is decidedly against it.

"It'll hurt them more than it helps them because they--
they don't want to go to the doctor," Pickett said.

"Do I think it will work-- that it will stop it? No.
No, no, no.  I don't. I don't think that
it's going to stop I really don't," Nannie Frankie Todd of Decatur said.

Prescription Cough Medicine

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