7/7/2014 9:05 AM
by Rebecca Turco
CHARLESTON - CVS Pharmacy is no longer
selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in
The sales ban applies to medications
that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine is
also used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine.
CVS has 50 stores in the state and a
spokesperson said the sales ban is also in effect at 40 stores in neighboring
states within 15 miles of the West Virginia border.
Rite Aid and Fruth Pharmacy stopped
selling single-ingredient pseudoephedrine medications in West Virginia last
year, and Walgreen's notified U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's office last week that
it plans to stop such sales in the state.
Police have seized 207 meth labs
across the state this year.