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Zephrex-D: Meth Busting Decongestant Now in Numerous St. Louis Pharmacies

Zephrex-D, the decongestant touted as a tool in the fight against meth labs, is now available at Walgreens, Walmart and CVS.

Zephrex D is now available in several national and regional retailers.

As previously reported by Patch, the decongestant was availble at Walgreens last week. It is now available at Walmart and CVS across the St. Louis area. 

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Zephrex-D is manufactured by Maryland Heights based Highland Pharmaceuticals. Westport Pharmaceuticals is a subsidiary of Highland. 

Paul Hemings, vice president and general manager with Westport Pharmaceuticals, tells Patch "tamper-resistant" Zephrex-D is only being sold in the St. Louis market, including St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties.

As previously reported by Patch, 

“The arrival of Zephrex-D is an integral part of a comprehensive solution to help end meth labs and meth-related crime in our local communities, throughout Missouri and ultimately, across our country,” stated Hemings in a news release this week.

According to the Westport Pharmaceuticals news release, meth lab seizures across Missouri have increased by 50 percent in the last four years, and the cost to the state for law enforcement, prosecution, incarceration and site clean-up efforts is estimated to be over $5 million annually. Those numbers are the reason Missouri is considered the "ideal" test market to launch the new decongestant that is "formulated to block all commonly known methods of meth making, while maintaining full decongestant benefits and relief for patients."   

"Zephrex-D represents a tremendous breakthrough in the battle against methamphetamine production without needing to restrict access for legitimate consumers,"Westport stated in this week's release.

As it stands today, because it is a pseudoephedrine-based product, Zephrex-D is behind the pharmacy counter because of how all pseudoephedrine products are regulated. Customers must also show an ID to purchase such products and there is a limit to how much can be purchased at a time.

Some Missouri cities and counties also require a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine drugs. Since it cannot be converted into meth, Zephrex-D is being sold without a prescription in some of those counties.

Hemings said Westport Pharmaceuticals applied for exemptions to those rules in Franklin and St. Charles counties, where county-wide prescription ordinances are in place, and they have been granted the exemptions. Therefore, shoppers do not need prescriptions for Zephrex-D in those two counties.

St. Louis County does not have a prescription requirement, however, many cities have passed such requirements and consumers will need prescriptions to purchase Zephrex-D, just like all other pseudoephedrine products, at this time.

For a listing of participating retailers and their locations, visit www.Zephrex-D.com.

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Mike Budd December 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Hello Gabrielle, To be honest these legal aspects are a bit confusing: depending on your town, you will buy ephedrine behind the counter or only with a prescription. For me it would now make sense to pass prescription laws at state or county level only, with an exemption for meth-deterring products such as Zephrex-D. We would avoid a lot of admin work and meth-proof ephedrine could be bought without prescription in all cities. Drug agents have been lobbying at city level and ironically cities that have accepted a prescription mandate are now the only ones where people have to pay for a doctor's visit to get their sinus med! Highland must be so happy to apply for exemption in all cities... You know that they have a competitor now with Acura Pharmaceuticals who just launched Nexafed: http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com/new-meth-proof-ephedrine-for-sale Nexafed will probably benefit from all the hard work done by Highland to get exemption. On the other hand, Zephrex-D has a strong competitive advantage, we shouldn't worry for Highland financials ;-) Cheers, Mike

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