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State Pseudoephedrine Proposals Go Above, Beyond Combat Meth Act

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has "concerns" with state bills proposing the establishment of real-time electronic repositories to monitor and limit pseudoephedrine sales, according to the trade group

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Research Refutes Rx-Only Pseudoephedrine Requirements

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