Under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell, retailers and pharmacists will not be able to sell nonprescription medicines containing pseudoephedrine until entering personal information about the purchasers, which they already collect, into the database.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, is aimed at cracking down on the production of illegal methamphetamine, for which pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient.
The database tracks pseudoephedrine sales and can send a signal to stop a purchase to prevent meth cooks from obtaining illegal quantities of the drug through purchases at multiple stores or in different states.
Information from the database will be given to state police weekly.