In Mississippi, doctor visits didn't increase, and prescription costs to the state employees' insurance program jumped by $60,000 -- nowhere near the $1.83 million that Catma estimated for West Virginia, Foster said.
"What he's talking about in the report just does not happen," he said. "It's sad what they're trying to do. We're talking about a cold medication."
About 10 percent of West Virginians purchased medications containing pseudoephedrine last year, according to a report released by the Board of Pharmacy last month.
West Virginia law enforcement officers seized 533 meth labs last year, nearly double the 287 labs found in 2012.
Catma's sudy mentions meth lab seizures, but excluded last year's total. In an email, Catma said he completed his cost study in December, before State Police reported the year-end meth lab numbers.
Catma's report also includes information that drug-industry lobbyists have previously distributed to state lawmakers and the media in West Virginia. For instance, the report warns the pseudoephedrine prescription requirement could exacerbate West Virginia's problem with prescription drugs. West Virginia has the nation's highest drug overdose rate.
Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne, said the study was "biased and nonsense."
"It's based on pure speculation and fuzzy math," Perdue said. "You tell me where a man gets his corn from, and I'll tell you where he gets his opinions."
The House Judiciary Committee will next review the bill.
Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.
How state senators voted on the meth bill
A bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medications that also can be used to make methamphetamine passed the West Virginia Senate, 25-9, Tuesday. Here is how each senator voted:
Yes, a prescription should be required:
Beach, D-Monongalia; Cann, D-Harrison; Cookman, D-Hampshire; Edgell, D-Wetzel; Facemire, D-Braxton; Fitzsimmons, D-Ohio; Green, D-Raleigh; D. Hall, D-Wyoming; Jenkins, R-Cabell; Kessler, D-Marshall; Kirkendoll, D-Logan; Laird, D-Fayette; McCabe, D-Kanawha; Miller, D-Greenbrier; Palumbo, D-Kanawha; Plymale, D-Wayne; Prezioso, D-Marion; Snyder, D-Jefferson; Stollings, D-Boone; Tucker, D-Nicholas; Unger, D-Berkeley; Walters, R-Putnam; Wells, D-Kanawha; Williams, D-Taylor; Yost, D-Brooke.
No, a prescription should not be required:
Barnes, R-Randolph; Blair, R-Berkeley; Boley, R-Pleasants; Carmichael, R-Jackson; Chafin, D-Mingo; Cole, R-Mercer; M. Hall, R-Putnam; Nohe, R-Wood; Sypolt, R-Preston.