Theraflu was discontinued because pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in the drug was used to produce methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that increases alertness, increase in libido, induces euphoria and increases concentration and is not recommended for use. However, alternative formulations have been put to the market.
The plant that manufactures Theraflu, in Nebraska, was shut down to fix FDA issues. Hopefully it comes back. Several products were affected. Has nothing to do with China or pseudophedrine. It is made right here in the USA.
It's on a temporary distribution hold because the plant in Lincoln Nebraska didn't pass FDA inspection. There was no recall, had nothing to do with China or any of the ingredients. Go go Theraflu website!! If you have questions about anything try going to their webpage first. DONT ASSUME!
All the generics were taken off the shelves too so I think it has something to do with the ingredients. I asked my pharmacist and he told me that it was being recalled and also their generic brand too. Why when something like this works so well they take it off?
PS: I can't find it in any Walgreen , CVS or Walmart, ..!!!!
Hate to break it to you guys but the Theraflu brand is owned by Novartis, a large pharmaceutical company and they make quite a lot of money off of it. So it was not pulled from the shelves because it "interferes with pharmaceutical companies" profits. It truly was a recall due to the plant failing the FDA inspection.
This is the truth why Theraflu is no longer available. Straight from the TheraFlu website on the recall link. http://www.theraflu.com/index.shtml Having Trouble Finding Theraflu® Products? Novartis OTC is conducting maintenance and improvements at our Lincoln, Nebraska facility, which manufactures TheraFlu®. As a result, we are experiencing a supply disruption at some retailers and Theraflu® may be temporarily unavailable. We are working as quickly as we can to return these products back on to store shelves. We ask that you check back periodically for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you, and appreciate your patience and loyalty. http://www.novartis-otc.com/brand.html#theraflu I sure do miss it…. It should be back soon
Same thing happened to their Excedrin Extra Strength 2 yrs ago and it took the manufacturer over a YEAR to get it back on the shelves! They drag out their timeframe and you'll check weekly...and be disappointed weekly! I guess they don't tell you the ACTUAL wait time because they're afraid a competitor will jump in & take over market share!
The above answers all seem to be at least a little wrong. If it is the factory in Nebraska, then why does EVERY generic also disappear and why didn't they tell the distributors when they will get it back? If it is something in it that they could make meth with, why hasn't a single news report mentioned it in 9 to 13 months it has been off the shelf. And I am sick of them pulling OTC drugs off the shelf because some yahoo can make meth with it, just make it only available 1 to a customer with ID. This country used to fight back against drugs, now we roll over and ruin the honest peoples lives. Bring back Theraflu NOW!!!
Theraflu is off the shelf but the website is saying that it will be back for the 2014/2015 flu season. Now If it still contains Acetaminophen is a different question. The good news is I am still able to get Alka-Seltzer Plus Night Severe Cold, Cough & Flu (made by Bayer) which contains the exact same ingredients as Theraflu. It is also the Lemon flavored mix in packets. I picked up a box at Smiths. So you may want to try there. If you really want it you can pick it up on Amazon as well.
Don't have an answer, but still have one packet of Theraflu from 2003 ("Best if sold by 07/2007"). It's a purple box and says on the bottom of the left side..."Distributed by NOVARTIS CONSUMER HEALTH, INC. Parsippany, NJ 07054-0622 *2003...MADE IN CANADA"). The ingredients listed on the back of the box are: Acetaminophen 1000mg / Dextromethorphan HBr 30mg / Guaifenesin 400mg / Pseudoephedrine HCI 60mg.
Novartis Consumer Health (NCH) is conducting maintenance and improvements at our Lincoln, Nebraska facility, which manufactures Theraflu®. As a result, we are experiencing a supply disruption at retailers, and Theraflu® products are not available. We expect to have Theraflu® products back on store shelves in time for the 2014/2015 cold/flu season.
We appreciate the patience and loyalty of our consumers and retail partners, and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the absence of these products has caused.
At Rite-Aid in California they have one spot on the shelf with a tag for TheraFlu saying "coming soon." Rite Aid also had on the shelf two generic versions of TheraFlu, a berry/menthol flavored daytime formula with Acetaminophen 650mg / Dextromethorphan HBr 20mg / Phenylephrine HCI 10mg. The nightime formula is nearly the same, but honey/lemon flavored and it replaces the Dextromethorphan HBr 20mg with Diphenhydramine HCI 25mg. Note no Pseudoephedrine.in either, now replaced with Phenylephrine HCI.
In my opinion the pharmaceutical company has taken it away because they realize it is the only thing on the market that works without having a prescription! Now they have mock products or generic twins that do not work as well. If you have the opportunity to purchase the original Theraflu, purchase it by the case!!!!!! E bay is selling it for $68.00 for one box of 6 packets. Very sad they take away the one thing we have found that helps tremendously with head or chest colds most doctors tell you just to give it time and provide no prescription.... Another restriction forced on the public in what is a free country! IF it was bad for us, why did it work so well? Those that abuse win and us that use it for what it is for lose!