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Pseudoephedrine Retail Certificate of Authority Program

The Certificate of Authority (COA) program requires firms that are non-pharmacy retail outlets to obtain a certificate in order to sell non-prescription drug products containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or nor-pseudoephedrine.  Firms that hold a COA must transmit the information collected at the point of sale to a multi-state, real-time electronic monitoring program, for the purpose of tracking pseudoephedrine purchases and providing information to prevent illegal sales.


The Governor signed Senate Bill 2065, 85th Legislature, Regular Session 2017. It amends Health and Safety Code, Chapter 486, Over-the-Counter Sales of Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and Norpseudoephedrine and becomes effective September 1, 2017. Senate Bill 2065 eliminates the Certificate of Authority Program. 
Currently, DSHS is working to amend the regulations for the Certificate of Authority program, Title 25, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 230, Subchapter B, Limitations on Sales of Products Containing Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Norpseudoephedrine.  
If you would like to provide input or have any comments, questions, or concerns; please contact us. 

Texas Department of State Health Services
Drugs and Medical Devices Group
PO Box 149347, MC 1987, Austin, Texas 78714-9347
1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone: 512-834-6755
Toll Free 1-888-839-6676
Fax: 512-834-6759
Email: DMD.regulatory@dshs.texas.gov

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Last updated February 23, 2018