R.Ph.s: Sudafed replacement is ineffective

September 4, 2006

Sudafed PE, Pfizer's OTC decongestant that replaced Sudafed on drugstore shelves, is not "sufficiently absorbed into the bloodstream to make it an effective oral medication," according to pharmacists at the University of Florida. A Pfizer spokesman said the drug is effective, but consumers also can ask for the original Sudafed, which is now kept behind pharmacy counters to prevent criminals from buying it to make methamphetamine.

R.Ph.s: Sudafed replacement is ineffective

Sudafed PE, Pfizer's OTC decongestant that replaced Sudafed on drugstore shelves, is not "sufficiently absorbed into the bloodstream to make it an effective oral medication," according to pharmacists at the University of Florida. A Pfizer spokesman said the drug is effective, but consumers also can ask for the original Sudafed, which is now kept behind pharmacy counters to prevent criminals from buying it to make methamphetamine.

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