Locally-developed cold, allergy meds with meth inhibitor more widely available in area

A locally-deveoped alternative to currently popular over-the-counter medications rampantly abused in the manufacture of illegal methamphetamine, or "meth," is now available in the Marshall and Koskiusko County areas, according to Ron Leech of Acura Pharmacuticals in Culver.

People’s Drug in Plymouth and Zales in Warsaw now carry Nexafed, whose development at the State Road 17 Acura facility was detailed in a January article in The Culver Citizen.

"This is a grass-roots effort," says Leech,Senior Director of Quality and Analytical Chemistry at Acura. "We need community support to have a positive impact on the meth problem in our area. If folks need an effective decongestant, Nexafed should be their first choice."

Nexafed is a pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (HCl) non-prescription medication which utilizes what scientists at Acura have dubbed Impede, a combination of safe and inactive ingredients which disrupt the conversion of pseudoephedrine into meth. What this means, according to Leech, is that consumers can expect Nexafed to offer the same relief of cold or allergy symptoms they're used to from pseudoephedrine medications like Sudafed while being less attractive to those wishing to make meth.

Acura developers hope to cut down on the number of meth labs by decreasing availability of the products used to manufacture the drug.

"If we could get our product out there," Leech told the Citizen in January, "we wouldn't be reading about meth every day in the newspaper. We really want to make an impact on communities."
Read more about Nexafed in our January story here: http://www.thepilotnews.com/content/culver-lab-develops-nationally-impac...