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Dextromethorphan bill

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Sale of unfinished dextromethorphan would be restricted to entities registered with FDA under the "Dextromethorphan Distribution Act of 2006" (HR 5280) introduced May 3 by Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.). The cough suppressant bulk ingredient has been abused by "individuals, including teenagers," the bill notes. The HHS Secretary will be required to issue a final rule restricting distribution of unfinished dex within 180 days of enactment if the bill passes. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association applauded the measure. FDA drew attention to concerns about bulk dex abuse through a May 2005 "Talk Paper" (1"The Tan Sheet" May 30, 2005, p. 3)...

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