From ABC, April 16, 2007
GOVT CONSIDERS BANNING PSEUDOEPHEDRINE PRODUCTS
The federal Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, has confirmed that the Government is considering banning pharmaceutical products that contain pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is used in cold and flu medicines but is also used in the manufacture of illegal methamphetamines.
Mr Pyne says while there are more than 280 products that contain pseudoephedrine, alternatives are available.
He says he sought advice three weeks ago to see if a ban would be workable.
"We have to decide whether the advantages of doing that outweigh the disadvantages or not," he said.
"So I've asked the National Working Group on Precursor Chemicals to give me a piece of advice on whether they think it could be done and whether it should be done."
Mr Pyne says a ban would significantly disrupt the illegal drug trade.
"In the battle against drugs we need to consider all policy options available," he said.
"The banning of pseudoephedrine has the great advantage of in one fell swoop, wiping out the basic ingredient of ecstasy and other methamphetimines and synthetic drugs, and ice."