Consumer Healthcare Products Association Lauds Louisiana Officials for Implementing E-tracking to Fight Meth Production

New system prevents illegal sale of pseudoephedrine-containing medicines at no cost to the state, allows consumers to purchase cold medicine without a prescription

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2010)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today commends Governor Bobby Jindal (R), the Louisiana legislature, and the Louisiana State Police for launching a real-time electronic sales tracking system (e-tracking) to block illegal purchases of cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE).  The e-tracking system will go into effect statewide Tuesday, June 15.  Louisiana joins 11 other states—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington State—that have adopted e-tracking. 

“We applaud Gov. Jindal, the Louisiana legislature, and the Louisiana State Police for implementing a solution that will fight domestic meth production while maintaining consumer access to important cold and allergy medications,” said Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. “We believe that electronic tracking is the only solution that allows for real-time, stop sale law enforcement without compromising consumer access to safe and effective medicines. The combined effort to implement a system aimed at helping law enforcement underscores the state’s commitment to effectively address domestic methamphetamine production.”

The makers of PSE-containing medicines are providing an industry-funded system to allow law enforcement to identify “smurfers” or those who try to illegally violate limits in state and federal law on the amount of PSE-containing medicines individuals can purchase in a given period of time.  E-tracking poses no new barriers to consumers, collects only the information already required under federal law, and enforces federal and state laws by denying over-limit purchases.

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.