Area stores and pharmacies, as well as those all across the country, have pulled over-the-counter cold medications and diet pills that contain phenlpropanolamine (PPA) from their shelves, due to recommendations from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
On Nov. 6, the FDA announced that it is taking steps to formally ban PPA, but in the meantime has written drug manufacturers asking them voluntarily to immediately quit selling products containing PPA.
David Schlictemeier, a pharmacist for White Drug in Spencer, said that they have received a number of bulletins from drug manufacturers that have recommended that these drugs be pulled from the shelves, although the store has not received anything officially from the FDA yet.
"This is not a formal recall, although drug manufacturers have stopped shipping all products containing PPA," said Schlictemeier.
"This is a request from FDA to remove all of the products that contain PPA. Since there are comparable products that do the same job as products that contain PPA, we felt it was prudent to remove the products containing PPA from our shelves, including cold medications and diet pills."
Read the rest of this article in the 11/18 Pilot Tribune.