The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will remove all products containing the solid form of pseudoephedrine from its store shelves effective July 31, according to an AAFES news release.
The items include Advil Flu & Sinus, Aleve Cold & Sinus, Claritin D and Tylenol Allergy Sinus. The items will be replaced with products containing phenylephrine, an acceptable substitute for pseudoephedrine, as a relief for sinus congestion, according to the release distributed Thursday.
These items are expected to hit AAFES store shelves in July before the cold season begins, according to the release.
According to news reports, many states already have moved pseudoephedrine from store shelves to control purchase of the drug, which is the key ingredient in methamphetamine.
In these stores, cold medicine with pseudoephedrine previously sold over the counter will now be controlled by the stores’ pharmacists and identification may be required to purchase them.
According to the Associated Press, a U.S. Senate committee plans hearings on a bill that would restrict the sale nationwide of medication that includes pseudoephedrine.
The restrictions are part of Drug Enforcement Administration’s goal is to “combat the production and abuse of methamphetamine by preventing the diversion of over-the-counter pseudoephedrine products and other common household products that are utilized in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine,” according to a Department of Justice Web site.