12/22/2013 9:06 PM
by Karen Franklin
CHARLESTON - Sales of pseudoephedrine at Rite Aid's stores in West Virginia are being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The cold medication ingredient also is illegally used to manufacture methamphetamine.
The Charleston Gazette reported that the DEA requested Rite Aid pseudoephedrine sales data dating back to 2006 from the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
Board of Pharmacy executive director David Potters tells the newspaper that DEA agents didn't disclose information about the investigation.
Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower tells the newspaper that the company is cooperating with the investigation.
The newspaper reported in October that several Rite Aid stores were among the top sellers of pseudoephedrine products in the state.
In November, Rite Aid stopped West Virginia sales of cold medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.