Kansas Board of Pharmacy Awards Contract To Help Fight Meth Production

NPLEx will work in Kansas and across state lines to stop meth cooks; Missouri adopted same system earlier this month

Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2010)—Kansas announced last week that it will be the fifth state to implement the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), a statewide electronic tracking (e-tracking) system that prevents the illegal purchase of medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE).  The NPLEx system is a real-time system that will help retailers and pharmacists in Kansas enforce purchase limits and block illegal sales statewide. The Kansas Board of Pharmacy announced its selection of the NPLEx system last week.

“We are delighted that Kansas has joined a growing number of states, including Missouri, that are adopting NPLEx as their e-tracking program,” said Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “E-tracking stops criminals without putting additional burdens on consumers. The NPLEx system offers an effective solution for stopping illegal PSE sales and helping law enforcement identify meth cooks.”

The system will not only enforce purchase quantity limits in Kansas, but NPLEx systems can be linked together to prevent criminals from evading quantity limits by crossing state lines. Sheriffs in Kentucky report that e-tracking leads to 70-100 percent of meth lab busts, and in a Florida pilot project, e-tracking reduced illegal sales by over 90 percent.

The system is funded by manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing PSE, administered by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and operated by Appriss, Inc.  Earlier this month, neighboring Missouri lawmakers announced the selection of NPLEx, joining other states including Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

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.