CVS Bans Sale of Single-Ingredient Pseudoephedrine Drugs in WV

the MPR take:

In an effort to curb the growth of methamphetamine (meth) labs and abuse, CVS Pharmacy has announced that it will no longer sell medications that contain pseudoephedrine as the only active ingredient in its 50 West Virginia stores and in 40 stores in neighboring states that are within 15 miles of the state border. The ban excludes Zephrex-D, a tamper-resistant single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medication and cold medications that combine pseudoephedrine with other ingredients like antihistamines and pain relievers. Last year, Rite Aid and Fruth Pharmacy ceased sales of single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in the state and Walgreens plans to follow suit. A bill that would require a prescription for pseudoephedrine did not pass in West Virginia this spring due to disagreements between the Senate and House of Delegates on proposed changes.

Pseudoephedrine Sales Halted in WV CVS Stores
Pseudoephedrine Sales Halted in WV CVS Stores

Joe Manchin, pictured here, had pressed CVS executives to make the change. -- CVS Pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia. The sales ban applies to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine also is used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.