Cold Medicine
8:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

CVS Stops Some Pseudoephedrine Sales in W.Va.

After a bill to make pseudoephedrine available only through a doctor's prescription died on the final night of the legislative session this year, two pharmacies are announcing their intentions to stop selling the drug.

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The Charleston Gazette reports CVS Pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia. Walgreen's notified U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's office last week that it also plans to stop such sales.
 
The CVS sales ban applies to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. The drug is often used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.
 
CVS has 50 stores in West Virginia. Company spokesman Mike DeAngelis says the sales ban also is in effect at 40 stores in neighboring states that are within 15 miles of the West Virginia border.
 
Ride Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in the state last year.