Giant to Stop Selling Some Cough Medicines

May 16, 2007

Giant Foods says it is going to stop selling certain cough medicines to customers under age 18 because of teens abusing the products.

Starting Sunday, the retail supermarket chain, along with other grocery stores owned by Royal Ahold, will restrict the sales of over-the-counter medicines containing dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in cough syrups, pills and lozenges.

Giant has 186 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and D.C. Products that contain the ingredient include Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough Suppressant, Vicks 44 Cough Relief and Sucrets 8-Hour Cough Suppressant.

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