CHPA Applauds West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's Common Sense Solution to Help Fight West Virgina's Meth Problem

Washington, D.C. - The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) today applauded West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s introduction of common sense legislation to the fight against methamphetamine production and abuse.

The governor’s legislation (Senate Bill 437) implements real-time, stop-sale technology to block the illegal sale of over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) while protecting access to safe and effective cold and allergy medicines like Advil Cold & Sinus, Claritin D, Mucinex D, and Sudafed for law-abiding citizens.  Each year, over 18 million American families rely on these FDA-approved medicines to treat common cold and seasonal allergy symptoms.

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Pseudoephedrine Legislation [“The Meth Bill”]

LEGISLATION: Legislation will once again be proposed in 2012 regarding this issue.  Last year HB 2946 proposed requiring the issuance of a lawful prescription for dispensing drug products containing as an active ingredient ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine and other chemical precursors of methamphetamine.

ISSUE: This bill will require consumers to go to a doctor to get a prescription for common cold and allergy products that include the ingredient pseudoephedrine.  These products are currently sold “behind-the-counter” and require the consumer to provide a valid ID.  That information is then compiled in a database available to law enforcement.

PRODUCTS IMPACTED:  Advil Cold & Sinus, Allegra-D, Claritin-D, Mucinex-D, and Sudafed, among others.

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Essential Health Benefits Bulletin Released - NRF, Coalition Respond

The first official word from the Administration on essential health benefits (EHB) coverage was released Friday in the form of a Bulletin or guidance. Follow this link to the bulletin and a second link to a short summary. The Administration likely will formally propose a rule in 2012, but the bulletin provides some preliminary indication of their future direction. It does not carry the force of law.

The Administration proposes to leave the selection of the benchmark plan to the states, albeit from four options. There will be a federal fallback option if a state refuses to choose. The EHB applies to fully insured coverage (individual and small group), both inside and outside the new exchanges – but not as to large, self-insured plans. The ban on lifetime benefit limits and phase-out restrictions on annual benefit limits apply to EHB coverage in self-insured large employer plans.

Read more: Essential Health Benefits Bulletin Released - NRF, Coalition Respond


DEP-REAP Electronic Recycling

West Virginia Electronics ManufacturerRegistration and Takeback/Recycling Program


Senate Bill 746, which became effective June 6, 2008, requires each manufacturer wishing to sell or lease covered electronic devices to register with the

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection no later than the first day of January, 2009 and each year thereafter.

To view Senate Bill 746, you may go to:

Effective date for new legislative rule was April 15, 2010. To view the legislative rule click here.

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