Wal-Mart Moves Cold Pills Behind Counter

4-26-05 - NEW YORK (AP) Wal-Mart is moving many cold and allergy medications behind pharmacy counters to help curb access to a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine.

Officials of the world's largest retailer said yesterday that all Wal-Mart stores will relocate the nonprescription drugs by June.

The retailer will join rivals Target and Albertson's in making such a move in all their stores. Customers won't need a prescription, but will need to ask pharmacists for the medication.

A law passed in Oklahoma last year requires cold medications containing pseudoephedrine be kept behind pharmacy counters. Customers must sign for the medication and show identification and the amount they can buy is restricted.

The law has been credited with a 70 percent drop in meth lab seizures.