St. Louis First to Receive Tamperproof Decongestant

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX) — Come November, local pharmacies will begin offering a new decongestant — manufactured in Maryland Heights — that cannot be converted into meth.

The product is called Zephrex-D, it’s a pseudoephedrine based product that is tamper resistant, meaning it cannot be converted and used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.

Highland Pharmaceuticals spokesman Paul Hemings says the goal is to create a win for consumers and force meth cookers out of business.

“While this is a national program our immediate goal is to focus on the St. Louis area and put a product in the marketplace.”

Hemings says the drug, by state law, will be kept behind the counter at pharmacies.

It will be available by prescription only in Jefferson and Franklin counties until an exemption is passed, while no prescription will be needed in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

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