CVS Pulling “Ineffective” Cold Medicine From Shelves

Phenylephrine is found in over the counter cold medicines to help with nasal congestion. After the FDA advisory committee declared that oral phenylephrine is not effective at relieving nasal congestion as consumers expect, CVS voluntarily removed any products with this ingredient as its only active ingredient. Products that contain phenylephrine plus other ingredients, such as acetaminophen, are still available. The FDA is declaring this only for oral phenylephrine, not nasal. The FDA advisory committee is purely advisory, so a decision has not been made by the full governmental agency. Also to be noted, the presence of phenylephrine in a product does NOT make the other ingredients in the medication ineffective. As of today, CVS is the only store to remove these products. Read more here:

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