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Company officials said lab tests show at least a fifty percent restriction in the ability to make meth. Company officials said lab tests show at least a fifty percent restriction in the ability to make meth.
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

A pharmaceutical company has a new drug that helps you fight your cold with the strength of pseudoephedrine but restricts a meth cook's ability to extract the drug.

Company officials said lab tests show at least a fifty percent restriction in the ability to make meth.

In some instances, the ability to make methamphetamine is zero, and the cost is comparable with other brand names.

Big C Discount Drugs in Scottsboro is one of the suppliers of the drug called Nexafed.

Company officials said they have been able to use new "Impede" technology. It restricts the ability to extract pseudoephedrine from the pill causing it to turn into a gel-like substance and traps the pseudoephedrine if attempts are made.

Older forms of pseudo extraction are shown to be 100 percent effective, according to company officials citing lab tests.

But newer forms, such as the one pot method, show it would require twice the amount of Nexafed in the attempt to make meth.

Company officials believe that's a barrier to meth cooks who will choose to look elsewhere.

But with the new technology, how effective is it?

"That's the thing.  The customers that we have sold these to say it works just as well as the plain pseudoephedrine, and that's very good," said pharmacist Jeff Stewart.

Because the drug contains pseudoephedrine, customers are still restricted in the amount they can purchase each month.

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