American pharmacy chain CVS Health announced on Thursday that it is removing some of the most common decongestant products containing phenylephrine as the sole active ingredient from its shelves and will no longer sell them.
This move comes after a group of U.S. health advisory panels expressed doubts about the effectiveness of this ingredient.
Last month, the commission refused to confirm the effectiveness of over-the-counter oral products made with phenylephrine, adding that no further testing is needed to prove otherwise.
CVS stated that "other over-the-counter cough and cold remedies for oral use will continue to be offered to meet consumer needs."
Phenylephrine has replaced pseudoephedrine in many over-the-counter cold and allergy medications after the latter was restricted due to reports of abuse.
Phenylephrine is a primary component used in some popular products such as Benadryl, Sudafed, Advil GSK, and Tylenol Kenvue.