Tamper-Resistant Pseudoephedrine Sparks Pharmacies’ Interest
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
Ohio and West Virginia chain Fruth Pharmacy begins replacing the 30 mg PSE products available in its stores with Acura Pharmaceuticals’ Nexafed product. Meanwhile, DEA says Westport Pharmaceuticals should not make an extraction-proof claim for its Zephrex-D PSE product.
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Tennessee’s meth lab seizures are up this year, but CHPA says that’s because more labs are uncovered through the state’s participation in the NPLEx stop-sale system. Rx-only bills have stalled in several states, including Indiana, where lawmakers passed a bill to cap PSE purchases at about 61 grams per year.
The spread of “one-pot” meth manufacturing will not deter Acura Pharmaceuticals from launching its OTC extraction-resistant PSE product, Nexafed. Making PSE products available in an extraction-resistant delivery formulation could offer an alternative to moving all dosages of the ingredient to the Rx class.
Retailers will have to be prepared to enforce monthly gram purchase limits on pseudoephedrine products by mid-April, once meth control provisions of the Patriot Act reauthorization bill go into effect