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Chemical Handler's Manual

APPENDIX I – Retail Transaction Limits for Scheduled Listed Chemical Products

The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) established sales and purchase limits for transactions involving scheduled listed chemical products. CMEA limits the quantity of each of the chemicals that may be sold to an individual in a day to 3.6 grams of the chemical, without regard to the number of transactions. For mobile retail vendors and mail-order distributors, CMEA requires sellers to limit sales to an individual in a 30-day period to 7.5 grams. For individuals, CMEA limits purchases in a 30-day period to 9 grams, of which not more than 7.5 grams may be imported by means of a private or commercial carrier or the U.S. Postal Service.

Number of Tablets/Milliliters That Equal Retail Transaction Limits (as Base) for Scheduled Listed Chemical Products

Scheduled listed chemical product Transaction limits
3.6 gm 7.5 gm 9.0 gm
        25 mg Ephedrine HCl 175 366 439
        25 mg Ephedrine Sulfate 186 389 466
Pseudoephedrine (as HCl):
        30 mg Pseudoephedrine HCl 146 305 366
        60 mg Pseudoephedrine HCl 73 152 183
        120 mg Pseudoephedrine HCl 36 76 91
Pseudoephedrine (as Sulfate):
        30 mg Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 155 324 389
        60 mg Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 77 162 194
        120 mg Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 38 81 97
        240 mg Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 19 40 48
Scheduled listed chemical product Number of mL
        6.25 mg/5 ml Ephedrine HCl 3,515 7,323 8,788
Pseudoephedrine (as HCl):
        15 mg/1.6 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 468 976 1,171
        7.5 mg/5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 2,929 6,103 7,323
        15 mg/5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 1,464 3,051 3,661
        15 mg/2.5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 732 1,525 1,830
        30 mg/5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 732 1,525 1,830
        30 mg/2.5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 366 762 915
        60 mg/5 mL Pseudoephedrine HCl 366 762 915

The number of dosage units and milliliters (mL) that may be purchased under the sales limits and purchase limit are shown above. These limits are calculated on the base, not salt, content of the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine in each tablet. For example, approximately 18 percent of the molecular weight of a 30 mg. tablet of pseudoephedrine HCl weight is hydrochloric salt. Therefore, a 30 mg. tablet of pseudoephedrine HCl has 24.6 mgs. of pseudoephedrine base. A purchase of 146 tablets x 24.6 mgs. is 3.5916 grams, less than the daily sales limit of 3.6 grams.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a voluntary recall of phenylpropanolamine products as being unsafe for humans so no phenylpropanolamine over-the-counter (OTC) product should be available for human consumption. Veterinary use is by prescription only.

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