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      Missouri House OKs lower limit for cold medicine

      The Missouri House has endorsed legislation reducing the amount consumers can buy each month of a popular decongestant that's also a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

      The Missouri House has endorsed legislation reducing the amount consumers can buy each month of a popular decongestant that's also a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

      Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold and allergy remedies that Missouri retailers are now required to keep behind the counter. The retailers must also keep records of every purchase and buyer.

      Missouri now caps individual purchases of medicines containing pseudoephedrine at 9 grams every 30 days. The legislation given first-round approval Tuesday would reduce that to 7.5 grams.

      People with convictions for felony drug crimes would need prescriptions to buy pseudoephedrine.

      Proponents argue that further restricting purchases of pseudoephedrine is an alternative to making it a prescription drug, although several Missouri communities have already done so with local ordinances.

      Pseudoephedrine limits is HB218.