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CVS Removes Single-Ingredient Pseudoephedrine Products Off Shelves

Reported by: Send eMail Stefano DiPietrantonio
Reported: Jul. 7, 2014 10:41 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 8, 2014 9:13 AM EDT
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CVS Removes Pseudoephedrine
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

You may notice something missing on shelves at your local CVS. The pharmaceutical giant said "no" to selling products whose primary ingredient is pseudoephedrine.

Police believe it will make a dent in the meth use, but people Eyewitness News spoke with shook their heads in skepticism. Pseudoephedrine is used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. And people said if an addict wants to buy products to make meth, they will find a way to get it somewhere else.

CVS has 50 stores here in West Virginia.

Eyewitness News reached out to CVS, but it did not want to comment beyond its own statement earlier today. The pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications, which contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia. Keep in mind, the sales ban applies only to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.

For true allergy sufferers, it's just means another hurdle to jump over to get needed medications.

"You got allergies and I used to have them real bad, and Sudafed worked really good for me. That's the main thing they use," Russell Holley of Dunbar said.

"No, it won't solve anything, not at all, I don't think," Brian Holley of Dunbar said.

"I think it'll make a major dent, I sure do," said John Booth of Dunbar, whose daughter is a pharmacist and said it's getting tougher on pharmacists' side as well, dealing with all of the new restrictions.

Jimmy Williams of Dunbar said he has a prescription for a pseudoephedrine product he gets from his doctor.

"I have to have that to live," Williams said. "You shouldn't be able to just got in there and buy the stuff."

Lt. Eric Johnson with the Metro Drug Unit said recently passed legislation is helping make it tougher for users to get their hands on meth-making materials.

While those shake and bake or mobile meth labs are a bit tougher to pin down, police have seized 207 meth labs across the state so far this year.

Johnson also warned how the so-called Mexican meth, or a version of meth made in Mexico, is showing up here, which is an even more powerfully addictive version of crystal meth making a comeback here.

A CVS spokesman said the sales ban is also in effect at 40 stores in neighboring states, which are within 15 miles of the West Virginia border. Ride Aid and Fruth pharmacies stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last year.



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