JOPLIN, MO-- There could soon be a new development in Joplin's prescription-only requirement for pseudoephedrine, or PSE. A Missouri company claims to have come up with a PSE based drug that can't be used to make methamphetamines. The St. Louis drug maker says its product has a different chemical reaction than other versions that would interfere with the meth making process.
Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts says he'll track progress of the new development. "We could certainly look at the idea of making an exemption for that product. Obviously it's premature not knowing what the products are and what analysis we should be looking at. But I can tell you that the sole purpose of that ordinance was to prevent people from using pseudoephedrine to make meth."
Pharmacies we spoke with said they don't yet carry the new drug but are tracking the progress of testing to see when it's commercially available.