Cold Medications Weaker

By: AP
By: AP

Drug companies have eliminated a key
ingredient in cold medicines used to make methamphetamine, but some
experts say the reformulated versions don't work as well.

Several states, including Virginia, have recently put
restrictions on the sales of Sudafed and other drugs containing the
decongestant pseudoephedrine.

But experts say reformulated versions containing a
pseudoephedrine substitute known as P-E, isn't as effective and
must be taken more frequently.

Some consumer advocates and members of Congress want a reluctant
Food and Drug Administration to re-examine 30-year-old P-E dosage
standards.

A Virginia law pushed pills containing pseudoephedrine behind
pharmacy counters in October 2005. The law requires buyers to show
identification and sign a register to get medications with
pseudoephedrine.

The number of meth labs found in Virginia has dropped off since
then.


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