New anti-meth pseudoephedrine product hits stores

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Several pharmacies in the St. Louis area are now selling the first-ever pseudoephedrine-based decongestant that apparently cannot be used to make methamphetamine.

Highland Pharmaceuticals in suburban St. Louis is the maker of Zephrex-D, which has been rolled out over the past week or so. Company spokeswoman Emilie Dolan says the company hopes to sell the product nationally within a year.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has been reviewing the drug, but the status of its testing wasn't immediately clear.

Pseudoephedrine found in cold and allergy pills is a precursor for most meth recipes. Federal law requires stores to keep pseudoephedrine-based products behind the counter, and two states — Mississippi and Oregon — require a prescription.

Missouri has been especially hard hit by the meth epidemic, but there is no statewide prescription law. More than 70 cities and counties have adopted their own prescription ordinances.

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265-v-34-(Carlotta Bradley, AP corresponent)--A Missouri company say it makes a new form of pseudoephedrine that can't be used to make methamphetamine. AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports. (4 Dec 2012)

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266-c-20-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"St. Louis area"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports Highland Pharmaceuticals says it's working to have Zephrex-D exempt from prescription requirements. (4 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *266 (12/04/12)>> 00:20 "St. Louis area"

267-c-12-(Carlotta Bradley, AP correspondent)-"a gooey substance"-AP correspondent Carlotta Bradley reports Highland Pharmaceuticals says it spent years coming up with Zephrex-D, a pseudoephedrine that can't be used to make methamphetamine. (4 Dec 2012)

<<CUT *267 (12/04/12)>> 00:12 "a gooey substance"

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