DEA insists cold drug not meth-resistant
ST. LOUIS- A cold and allergy decongestant that's supposed to be the first pseudoephedrine that can't be used to make meth is now available nationwide but the DEA says not so fast. Zephrex-D has been sold in Missouri since December and Westport Pharmaceuticals issued the product to 15,000 pharmacies nationwide last month. The DEA refuses to allow Zehprex-D to be sold over the counter claiming government chemists manufactured methamphetamine from the product. Westport says the amount of meth that can be made from Zephrex-D is so small its impractical for meth makers. Authorities in Missouri say they haven't found the product in any meth labs, so far.