Update: After news was published about the OMA backing pseudoephedrine prescriptions, Jack Beller, MD, wrote a letter to the editor of Tulsa World to clarify what the OMA’s position is on making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug in Oklahoma. An excerpt from the letter states, ” Recent articles have indicated our organization supports legislation that would require a prescription to obtain pseudoephedrine medications. That is inaccurate. OSMA has not decided to support such legislation.”
The Oklahoma Medical Association, who previously opposed a pseudoephedrine (PSE) law, has changed its opinion. Dr. Jack Beller, chairman of the OSMA legislative council told News OK that the association will work with the state narcotics bureau to get a PSE prescription law passed in Oklahoma. The OSMA now stands with city legislators, private citizens, and law enforcement officials, who believe that the state’s pseudoephedrine tracking laws and quantity purchase limits on pseudoephedrine have failed to reverse the state’s growing meth lab problem.
A pseudoephedrine prescription bill that was passed by the Oklahoma House Committee earlier this year, failed to make it to the Senate in time for a vote. Many believe the bill failed to make it to the Senate, as a result of tremendous pressure from pharmaceutical lobbyists. Supporters of the PSE prescription bill hope that Oklahoma state legislators will pass the law this year and put an end to the problems caused by the state’s growing meth lab problem.
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Beller, Jack J. “Know Your World | Tulsa World.” Oklahoma Latest & Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Business, Jobs, Homes, Cars, and Classified Ads OK | Tulsa World. Tulsa World, 15 Aug. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.