SB 160 Changes the scheduling of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine to be Schedule III Controlled Substances
Sponsor: Crowell
LR Number: 0665S.01I Fiscal Note: 0665-01
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 2/16/2009 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SB 160 - This act changes the scheduling of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine to be Schedule III controlled substances. Such Schedule III drugs require a doctor's prescription to be obtained. However, any dietary supplements, herbs, or natural products that are not otherwise prohibited by law and that contain naturally occurring ephedrine alkaloids in a matrix or organic material such that the substances do not exceed fifteen percent of the total weight of the supplements, herbs, or natural products, shall be exempt from the Schedule III status as a controlled substance.

Also, upon written application by a manufacturer, the Department of Health may exempt by rule, any product containing ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine because it is formulated to effectively prevent conversion of the active ingredient into methamphetamine, from the scheduling of the substances. Upon notification of the state highway patrol that it has probable cause to believe an exempt product does not effectively prevent conversion of the active ingredient into methamphetamine, the department may issue an emergency rule revoking the exemption pending a full hearing.

Because of the scheduling change of these substances, the provisions governing the logging and storing of information regarding over-the-counter sales of such substances are no longer necessary and are repealed.

This act is similar to HCS/HB 496 (2009), HB 615 (2009), and HB 623 (2009).

SUSAN HENDERSON MOORE