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The Nation

Health inspectors in Washington state were scouring stores for non-prescription capsules on the eve of a 90-day state ban, triggered by two cyanide deaths and the discovery of five bottles of cyanide-tainted painkillers in the Seattle area. The state Pharmacy Board prohibited sale of capsules that can be pulled open. The state asked stores to return capsules to distributors or manufacturers, said Chuck Kleeberg, chief of environmental health for the Seattle-King County Health Department. Prescription capsules will still be available, said Bud Nicola, director of the Health Department.


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