Most pharmacists oppose dextromethorphan restrictions

September 6, 2007

Pharmacists offer opinions on dextromethorphan restrictions in August Drug Topics on-line poll.

A year after many pharmacists were required to place pseudoephedrine behind the counter, many are unsure whether the same type of restrictions should be imposed on the sale of the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. More than 350 respondents participated in the latest Drug Topics on-line poll, which took place during August. When asked: "What, if any, restrictions should states impose on the sale of cough suppressants containing dextromethorphan?" 31% of the respondents indicated that it is already difficult enough meeting pseudoephedrine rules and adding dextromethorphan restrictions would be an additional burden. Another 25% indicated that no restrictions should be imposed at all. Still, 29% responded that it is a prudent step to impose restrictions to help reduce abuse of these OTC medications, and 12% believe that restrictions should be voluntary in nature, not mandated. The remaining 2% had no opinion.

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