Small W.Va. pharmacy ends pseudoephedrine sales

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

Meds 2 Go Express owner Philip Michael says that demand for pseudoephedrine products soared at his Alum Creek pharmacy after a Walmart 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.

Walmart spokeswoman Danit Marquardt told the newspaper earlier this month that the store in South Charleston hadn’t changed its pseudoephedrine inventory.

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