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Kansas cracks down on pseudoephedrine

By April 18, 2011

The state of Kansas is cracking down on the misuse of pseudoephedrine and today launched a new electronic system to track sales of the drug.

The new system, the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) instantly records any non-prescription sales of these pharmaceuticals.

Pseudoephedrine is a common pharmaceutical used in decongestant drugs such as Sudafed. It is one of the few over-the-counter drugs that is now kept behind the pharmacy counter because of the frequent misuse of it. In addition, in 2005, Kansas passed a law to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual can purchase at one time.

Pseudoephedrine is used to make the street drug methamphetamine. Kansas is said to have a serious problem with this drug.

Almost a dozen states now have the NPLEx tracking system. It replaces the former paper tracking system and is free since pharmaceutical manufacturers fund cost of installing it. The system, from Appriss, Inc., connects from state to state so that customers cannot accumulate large quantities of pseudoephedrine from different states.

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