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Tighter prescription controls to prevent crystal meth production

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Two previously over-the-counter medicines will continue to be more strictly controlled by the government’s drugs watchdog to stop them being used to produce the illegal class A drug crystal meth.

Cold and flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine will only be on sale in pharmacies in reduced-size packs, and only on prescription, after it was found that these measures had reduced their use in the production of methylamphetamine (crystal meth).

The tighter regulations were introduced earlier this year, and a review of their progress by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency found no new reported cases of the prescription drugs being used in the production of crystal meth.

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