Monday, June 18, 2007

Cold remedies back on shelves

From the Owen Sound (Ont.) Sun Times::
People have Chesley grocer Peter Knipfel to thank, or to blame, for prompting a judge’s ruling permitting grocery and convenience stores to resume selling certain cold, allergy and sinus medicines that are also used to make crystal methamphetamine.

Since pseudoephedrine is an essential ingredient in the production the highly addictive street drug, sale of products containing it was restricted to pharmacies a year ago after the College of Pharmacists voiced concerns.

Knipfel said the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers took up his cause. His store, the Chesley Grocery Store, brought forward the request for a judge’s ruling.

A Superior Court justice ruled Thursday that pseudoephedrine, a common decongestant, is not a drug as defined under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act and so the College of Pharmacists’ notice restricting sales could be ignored. ...more

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