Cold Medicines

Drugstore group recommends restrictions on drugs with pseudoephedrine

A group representing 36-thousand pharmacies wants a federal law to govern the sale of cold medicines that can be used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine -- or "speed."

The main ingredient in many over-the-counter drugs can be extracted by boiling down the cold medicine and using the chemicals to make concentrated meth.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores wants to avoid a hodgepodge of state laws.

Last week, seven companies, including Wal-Mart and Rite Aid, announced they will move medications with pseudoephedrine behind pharmacy counters. Target and Albertson's had already made such a move.