CVS halts sales of pseudoephedrine in West Virginia

(WXIA) – CVS Pharmacy said they have halted sales of some cold medicines in West Virginia as part of the efforts to fight abuse of methamphetamine in that state, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The company says they will no longer sell "single-ingredient pseudoephedrine," which is often sold and available under the brand name Sudafed. Competing national pharmacy chains Rite-Aid and Walgreen's have also stopped sales of the products there.

According to state officials, law enforcement seized a record 530 meth labs in West Virginia last year. So far this year, another 207 labs have been seized there.

"We took this step as part of our longstanding commitment to assuring that PSE products are purchased at our stores only for legitimate medical purposes," a CVS spokesman told the Journal.

In addition to stopping sales of the product in its West Virginia stores, the company said it would end sales of pseudoephedrine at stores located within 15 miles of the state boarder in the neighboring states of Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.


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