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Rite Aid stops some cold medicine sales in W.Va.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Some cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine are no longer being sold at Rite Aid stores in West Virginia.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Rite Aid's West Virginia stores recently stopped selling medicines that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient.

Pseudoephedrine also is illegally used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Rite Aid says its West Virginia stores continue to sell cold medicines that combine pseudoephedrine and other ingredients.

Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower tells the newspaper that it's apparently more difficult to make meth from a combination product than from a product containing only pseudoephedrine. She says the company is committed to helping to address the meth problem while serving customers with legitimate medical needs.

The company has the more than 100 stores in West Virginia.

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