Most folks know about how Sudafed, real Sudafed, is sold in the USA in a way so that every person who buys it is cataloged for the government. And you can get arrested if you buy too much of the stuff. But here is a good article from someone who followed a money trail on who really benefits from the ban, and how they pushed the US to ban the active ingredient, pseudoephedrine from over-the-counter drugs. Its a surprising lucid review of one possible reason for the overall mess.
For the record, that new ‘PE’ type stuff simply does not work. Much of my family has been impacted by flu or cold this season… and having to face the pharmacist is getting annoying. And its too bad because it also looks like the common cold got worse.