CHAFFEE, MO (KFVS) - Chaffee is one of the latest Heartland towns to pass a prescription only pseudoephedrine ordinance.
Medicap pharmacy owner Kevin Teegarden said it will affect his sales, but thinks it will affect customers more.
He said the ordinance states that he can only sell the drug to people that have a written prescription from a physician or healthcare professional, saying doctors can't just phone the script in.
Teegarden said he likes the pseudoephedrine purchase tracking system. The system will only let customers buy 3.6 grams of the drug in a 24-hour time frame in any state that uses the system. But he said he thinks the system should also alert pharmacies if the buy is a convicted felon to help cut down on meth making.
Teegarden said his business saw a spike in customers buying the drug after surrounding towns passed a prescription only ordinance. He said he took measures into his own hands to deter people from buying it to make meth, by raising the price.
"I took our prices up to about double what they were normally, and I thought that will help deter these out of town people coming in, that did not deter them at all, and so I did raise them to a fairly substantial price, unfortunately that did not deter the people coming in either, it's my understanding that they can walk out the door and get a hundred dollars a box for it, therefore, the pricing initiative definitely did not work, I do not look at it as price gouging," said Teegarden.
Teegarden said he knows the sales of the drug will drop after the prescription only ordinance goes into effect June 1.