2016 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Chapter 63 - Minors
Section 6316 - Selling or furnishing certain stimulants to minors

18 PA Cons Stat § 6316 (2016) What's This?

§ 6316. Selling or furnishing certain stimulants to minors.

(a) Offense defined.--A person commits a summary offense if he knowingly sells or purchases with the intent to sell ephedrine to a person who is less than 18 years of age.

(b) Penalty.--A person who is convicted of violating subsection (a) shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500 for the first violation and a fine of $500 for each subsequent violation.

(c) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection: "Ephedrine."

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), any product that contains any quantity of ephedrine, a salt of ephedrine, an optical isomer of ephedrine or a salt of an optical isomer of ephedrine.

(2) The term does not include a product containing ephedrine if it may lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

(52 Stat. 1040, 21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.); is labeled and marketed in a manner consistent with the pertinent OTC Tentative Final or Final Monograph; is manufactured and distributed for legitimate medicinal use in a manner that reduces or eliminates the likelihood of abuse; and as described as follows:

(i) Solid oral dosage forms, including soft gelatin caplets, that combine active ingredients in the following ranges for each dosage unit:

(A) Theophylline (100-130 mg), ephedrine (12.5- 24 mg).

(B) Theophylline (60-100 mg), ephedrine (12.5-24 mg), guaifenesin (200-400 mg).

(C) Ephedrine (12.5-25 mg), guaifenesin (200-400 mg).

(D) Phenobarbital (not greater than 8 mg) in combination with the ingredients of clause (A) or


(ii) Liquid oral dosage forms that combine active ingredients in the following ranges for each 5 ml dose:

(A) Theophylline (not greater than 45 mg), ephedrine (not greater than 36 mg), guaifenesin (not greater than 100 mg), phenobarbital (not greater than 12 mg).

(B) Phenylephephrine (not greater than 5 mg), ephedrine (not greater than 5 mg), chlorpheniramine

(not greater than 2 mg), dextromethorphan (not greater than 10 mg), ammonium Cl (not greater than 40 mg), ipecac fluid extract (not greater than 0.005 ml).

(iii) Anorectal preparations containing less than 5% ephedrine.

(iv) Any liquid compound, mixture or preparation containing 0.5% or less of ephedrine. (May 9, 1997, P.L.142, No.8, eff. 60 days)

1997 Amendment. Act 8 added section 6316. See the preamble to Act 8 in the appendix to this title for special provisions relating to legislative findings and declarations.

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