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UPDATE: Lawmakers pass bill on electronic pseudoephedrine tracking

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Senate has approved a bill to track multiple purchases of non-perscription cold medicine.

The bill being debated before state lawmakers will force anyone who buys cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine to sign an electronic logbook.

Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient for the illegal drug methamphetamine.

The bill was approved Tuesday by a committee in the Iowa Senate.

Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, says an electronic system with real-time tracking would cost about $750,000 over two years. The state is seeking a $750,000 federal grant. Sodders says if the grant falls through the law would not take effect.

Shoppers currently have to go to a pharmacist counter and fill out a written logbook to buy pseudoephedrine.

 

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