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DEA: You Can Still Make Meth From New Cold Drug

But Zephrex-D maker claims the amount of meth extracted is negligible

(Newser) - The DEA is refusing to allow a new "meth-resistant" pseudoephedrine tablet to be sold over the counter, saying it can be used to make meth after all. The agency says government chemists were able to extract meth from Zephrex-D —now in 15,000 pharmacies across the US—so... More »

Meth Tracking Backfires, Creates Black Market

Tracking creates new market in drug production

(Newser) - Desperate to stanch the flow of meth, several states instituted electronic tracking of the over-the-counter cold medicine used in meth production—but the plan backfired, an AP analysis finds. Tracking was supposed to prevent people from buying more than the legal limit of pseudoephedrine, but it's actually created a black... More »

8 Meds Docs Won't Take

If trained professionals won't use them, why would you?

(Newser) - Some drugs have such serious drawbacks that even doctors won’t take them, Men’s Health reports. The big eight:
  • Advair: Can actually increase the severity of asthma attacks
  • Avandia: Diabetes drug carries risk of heart attack
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