Last week WGNS told you about an incident at Walgreens on Memorial Boulevard at Northfield in regards to a customer trying to buy Allegra D, which contains pseudoephedrine. You may recall the customer told WGNS that the evening pharmacist told him that he would not sell him drugs containing Pseudoephedrine, even though he met the guidelines to make the purchase…
After the incident we called the local pharmacy and they told us they could not comment on the situation. We called the corporate office and left a message. Still, no call back. It is important to note that a pharmacist can decide to sell a customer certain medication on their own, the state does not require a clerk or a pharmacist to sell you anything.
We are recapping this story because of a situation that is unfolding in cities all over the United States. Not only are some pharmacist deciding what to sell you and what not to sell you, some cities are also taking your choice of allergy medicine away from your choosing.
The nearby city of Winchester has banned over the counter Pseudoephedrine sales. Manchester may be following their lead as well.
Manchester Vice Mayor Ryan French announced plans to introduce an ordinance banning over-the-counter sales of Pseudoephedrine in the Manchester City limits. If the ordinance is created, it would mean that Manchester residents would need a prescription to obtain dugs containing Pseudoephedrine.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, has issued a press release saying it “opposes burdensome restrictions for Tennesseans to over-the-counter allergy medications.” The foundation says that it has no doubt that something has to be done to stop the meth problem, but “restricting access to safe and effective decongestants is not the right solution”.
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Un-named customer at Walgreens on Northfield Blvd.
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