WSJ News Exclusive | CVS Pulls Certain Cold Medicines From Shelves and Will Stop Selling Them


Updated Oct. 20, 2023 11:00 am ET

CVS Health is pulling some of the most common decongestants from its shelves and will no longer sell them, after advisers to U.S. health regulators recently determined that an ingredient doesn’t work.

The products contain oral phenylephrine, an almost-century-old ingredient in versions of decongestants and over-the-counter pills, syrups and liquids to clear up congested noses.

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