Ahold USA to Voluntarily Restrict Sales of Some Cough Medicine

Ahold USA said yesterday that its retail pharmacies will voluntarily place an age restriction of 18 years or older for the purchase of dextromethorphan products, effective May 20.

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold USA said yesterday that its retail pharmacies will voluntarily place an age restriction of 18 years or older for the purchase of dextromethorphan products, effective May 20. This move is a voluntary action in response to a national trend of abuse of these cough suppressant products by young people, the company said. “While over-the-counter products containing dextromethorphan are perfectly safe when ingested at recommended dosage levels, there’s a trend among many young

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