Rep. Shelley Moore Capito on Tuesday made an appearance at Fruth Pharmacy in downtown Charleston to help unveil a new variety of pseudoephedrine-based decongestant called Nexafed. The drug reportedly is tamper proof, an attempt to thwart would-be methamphetamine producers.
Company president Lynn Fruth touted the drug as a way to attack West Virginia’s meth problem, although Capito said the state might have to consider requiring a prescription for the drugs.
That’s an idea favored by many, including House Health Committee Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, and Kanawha Chief Deputy Mike Rutherford. But as you can read in today’s Daily Mail, the pharmaceutical industry opposes that plan.
Representatives of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association said requiring prescriptions would only increase costs for consumers, and drive meth-makers further underground. (CHPA represents manufacturers of over-the-counter medications, so it obviously has a vested interest in keeping pseudoephedrine prescription-free.)
In other news…
- Today is the 50th anniversary of March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Click here to check out Daily Mail education reporter Shay Maunz’s interview with former Martin Luther King, Jr. staffer (and Charleston pastor) Ron English.
- Attorney Mike Callaghan is prepared to file lawsuits on behalf of Robert and Kim Woodruff, against nearly everyone involved in Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury‘s alleged conspiracy against Robert. Thornsbury was indicted earlier this month of attempting to frame Robert Woodruff, after the judge was rebuffed by Kim, his former mistress.
- Callaghan, by the way, is still considering a run for U.S. Senate.
- As we reported yesterday, Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, will not run for U.S. House. She’s the primary caretaker of her mother, who recently has become seriously ill. Raines’ run for W.Va. Senate also is in question now.
- Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt is at The Greenbrier today for the state Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit. Many state officials plan to speak at the event, including Capito, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Benjamin, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. David McKinley.