Wal-Mart Cold Medicines

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Arkansas-based Wal-Mart announced Monday that it will move many of its nonprescription cold and allergy medications behind pharmacy counters by June. The company is making the move because the medications include an ingredient used to make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.

The world's largest retailer will join rivals Target Corporation and Albertson's Incorporated in making such a move throughout all its locations. Wal-Mart has nearly four-thousand Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the United States and another 1,600 international locations.

All three retailers are trying to make it more difficult for customers to easily obtain medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key component for making methamphetamine.