State of Missouri Awards Contract to Help Fight Meth Production

NPLEx will work in Missouri and across state lines to stop meth cooks

Washington, D.C. (March 8, 2010)—Today, the State of Missouri announced that it has chosen the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) to serve as its statewide, real-time electronic blocking system to stop illegal sales of medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) that can be used in the production of meth. NPLEx is a state-of-the-art system designed to combat illegal meth labs without creating an unnecessary and burdensome prescription mandate for over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing PSE. NPLEx is funded by manufacturers of those medicines, administered by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and operated by Appriss, Inc.

“We are delighted that Missouri has joined Kentucky, Illinois, and Louisiana as the fourth state in the nation to adopt NPLEx as its e-tracking program. This system offers an effective solution to reducing meth labs and is the only solution that works across state lines to stop meth cooks from crossing borders to make illegal purchases,” said Linda Suydam, D.P.A., president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

NPLEx is a real time, electronic tracking system that blocks illegal purchases of PSE store by store, city by city, and state by state to prevent meth cooks from illegal purchases. Sheriffs in Kentucky report that e-tracking leads to 70-100 percent of meth lab busts. In a Florida pilot project, e-tracking reduced illegal sales by over 90 percent.

These actions come as other local municipalities are considering making PSE-containing medicines available only with a doctor’s prescription. A recent survey, conducted by David Binder Research, showed that more than half of Missouri voters surveyed oppose making common cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) available by prescription (Rx) only, and 78 percent agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an “unnecessary burden” for law-abiding citizens. This Rx-only mandate would place an unnecessary burden on families, significantly increase consumer costs, and hurt the state’s finances at the worst possible time.

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Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk, 202.429.9260 (work) | 202.256.5677 (mobile)

CHPA is the 129-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.