Are Nebraska pharmacy regulations affecting drug manufacturing?

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By Tim McNicholas


Updated: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:36:34 CST

For the first time in years the Hastings Police Department has made a bust relative to meth manufacturing.

One possible reason?

A regulation of Sudafed and Claritin–D.

Pseudoephedrine can cook up a cure for the common cold.

But in the wrong hands it can cook up a lot more than that.

"It was sold almost every place. Gas stations sold it,” Sgt. Steven Murphy said. “You could walk into any department store."

Pseudoephedrine was once a meth–maker's dream come true.

It made things quick and easy for meth cooks.

"Once that information got out into the meth community, everybody started doing it,” Murphy said.

But in 2007 state regulations put a kink in their plans.

It's now sold only at pharmacies, and background checks are required for a purchase.

It used to be fair game to buy as much pseudoephedrine as you wanted, whoever you were. Since the regulations have gone into effect, pharmacists say pseudoephedrine sales have gone down.

"People would come in and buy lots of it,” Allen’s Pharmacy manager Pamela Lay said. “They would clear the shelves, but they clearly weren't using it for medical."

Allen's Pharmacy stocked only 4 to 6 pseudoephedrine products at a time prior to 2007.

Now they keep an abundance, but it sits on the shelf for much longer.

No more than 3 and a half grams can be purchased by one person in a day...

In a month, there's a 9 gram limit.