Important Compliance Information Regarding the Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act

by Illinois State Police Meth Program Office
January 31, 2011

SOURCE Illinois State Police Meth Program Office

SPRINGFIELD, January 31, 2011 -- A recent review of the electronic pseudoephedrine (PSE) sales logs revealed some pharmacies in Illinois selling packages of PSE containing more than 3,000 mg (3.0 grams) of PSE per package. The Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act, signed into law on January 15, 2006, limits pharmacies from selling any single package of PSE containing more than 3.0 grams of pseudoephedrine per package. To prevent pharmacies from being in violation of statutes, the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) program is set up to block the sale of any single package containing more than 3.0 grams of PSE.

Our review revealed several pharmacies over-riding the “Stop Sale” function, and completing the sale of packages containing more than 3.0 grams of PSE per package. Usually these are packages are those which contain 15 - 240 mg PSE tablets (24 hour tablets) ensure compliance. 

Legislation which affects the 3.0 gram sales limit: 
720ILCS 648/25(b)

Sec. 25. Pharmacies.
(a) No targeted methamphetamine precursor may be knowingly distributed through a pharmacy, including a pharmacy located within, owned by, operated by, or associated with a retail distributor unless all terms of this Section are satisfied.
(b) Any targeted methamphetamine precursor other than a convenience package or a liquid, including but not limited to any targeted methamphetamine precursor in liquid filled capsules, shall be packaged in blister packs, with each blister containing not more than 2 dosage units, or when the use of blister packs is technically infeasible, in unit dose packets. Each targeted package shall contain no more than 3,000 milligrams of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, their salts or optical isomers, or salts of optical isomers.

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