Even better, Safeway was out of both the real stuff and their own branded knockoff; Walgreens only had the twice-the-price name brand stuff left. Perhaps there's just a run on sinus medicine this week, but I suspect this means they're just not stocking it any more.
Stupid tweekers, spoiling it for everybody.
Also, both places have these little paper cards hanging on the shelves where the boxes used to be: "take this to the window". Now, I'm just an unfrozen caveman, I don't understand your modern "inventory" "tracking" systems, but I thought the whole point of systems like this was that when there are 20 cards on the shelf, that means there are 20 boxes in the back. Apparently neither Safeway nor Walgreens do it that way.
John Varley has a recent entertaining, choir-preachy drug rant, also triggered by That Scourge Pseudoephedrine:
Did you know that, until the early years of the 20th Century, as recently as the '20s and '30s, prescriptions were more of a reminder than a legal requirement? Doctors would write down what they wanted druggists to give to their patients. Once you were taking a drug, you'd just go back and ask for more. Or you could self-diagnose, just walk into a pharmacy and buy pretty much what you wanted, including opiates.
The requirement for a prescription was, as so many infringements of our rights, instituted with the best of intentions. Charlatans were selling shit that didn't work, or might kill you. So the Food and Drug Administration took over the drug business, and has had a stranglehold on it ever since, and as always, soon they were a wholly-owned subsidiary of the drug industry. The "legitimate" drug industry. Now you have to go see a doctor every 90 days to get your drugs, because that's the maximum the law allows them to write for. That means about $100 added to the already sky-high cost of medication. Just so the doctor can authorize you to buy stuff you both know you need.