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Small W.Va. pharmacy ends pseudoephedrine sales

November 11, 2013
Associated Press

ALUM CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A small family-owned pharmacy in Lincoln County has stopped selling all cold medications containing pseudoephedrine.

Meds 2 Go Express owner Philip Michael tells the Charleston Gazette ( ) that demand for pseudoephedrine products soared at his Alum Creek pharmacy after a Wal-Mart store 7 miles away in South Charleston stopped selling Sudafed.

Pseudoephedrine is illegally used to make methamphetamine.

Michael says the influx of new customers became troubling. He says they would show up before the store opened at 9 a.m.

A pseudoephedrine tracking system called NPlex shows that the pharmacy's sales jumped from 140 boxes in August to 570 boxes in October.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt told the newspaper earlier this month that the store in South Charleston hadn't changed its pseudoephedrine inventory.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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