When Buying Headache Medicine Makes You Feel Like a Criminal
Maybe once or twice a month, I get a sinus headache that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. They are absolutely miserable experiences. Not as bad as a migraine or cluster headache, but they still can really ruin your day.
When I get one of these, the only thing that works for me is Advil Sinus, a combination of ibuprofen and pseudoephedrine. Generic is fine, but it has to be that combination.
As anyone else who suffers from these knows, around 2006 legislation was passed to limit the over the counter sales of pseudoephedrine in an attempt to curtail production of meth. When these laws were first passed, I supported it. We’ve all seen those “Faces of Meth” public service ads and know how this drug destroys lives.
I don’t know what the limit was on exactly how much could be sold at one time, because I’d only buy one box (or two if I had a buy one get one free coupon) but I couldn’t imagine ever hitting the limit.
Recently though, now states have started tracking the sales of this drug, and this gives me pause for concern. As Americans, we keep giving up more and more of our personal privacy, and I always felt uncomfortable handing over my driver’s license on the occasions when I’d pick up a box of Advil Sinus.
When I was up North visiting family a few years ago, I had an experience that really upset me regarding these laws. Sadly, I got a sinus headache when I was up there, and I went over to a local drug store to pick up a box.
The young woman behind the cash register had never seen a West Virginia driver’s license, and couldn’t figure out how to manually enter in my ID plus use the coupon I had. She’d ring up the sale, but then have to void it out and ring it up again. After about the third try I told her to forget the coupon, that it wasn’t that big a deal. She tried a few more times, ringing and voiding.
She then had to call a manager over to show her how to ring it up the right way, but by that time, guess what happened? You got it - I hit the limit of sales, because every time she ran my driver’s license through, it was recording as a purchase I made.
So there I was, pounding headache, and feeling like a criminal just for trying to buy some sinus medication.
The manager had to do an override so that I could buy the item, but this still made me feel very uncomfortable. I didn’t know what would happen. In my overblown imagination, I pictured a DEA SWAT team descending on my house in the middle of the night, busting down my door to make sure I wasn’t making drugs in my basement.
I’ve heard stories of states that are considering making this drug completely by prescription only, and I’m mixed on this, to tell the truth. I think it will wind up hurting people who are already financially stretched to the limit, to have to pay a doctor’s co-pay just to pick up this at the drug store.
Copyright 2013, Revised 2015 FreebieJunkie. Originally posted by me over at Bubblews, now gone.
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