The department of health adjusted the scheduling of some medication containing ephedrine, pseudo ephedrine and d-nor-pseudo ephedrine. Over-the-counter appetite suppressants with d-nor-pseudo ephedrine used to be schedule 2 medication, but since last month they have been changed to schedule 6 medication.
"It's about the safety of the public," Mandisa Hela from the South African Medicine Control Council (MCC) told Die Burger.
Criminals use ephedrine products to make the drug Tik, and teenagers abuse appetite suppressants by using them as stimulants when they go to parties or to stay awake when studying into the early hours of the morning. Pseudo ephedrine products were rescheduled overseas years ago.
Source: Health 24