Goodbye purple drank! Specialty pharmaceutical company, Actavis has confirmed to HipHollywood that they have stopped production and sales of their promethazine codeine syrup which is a main ingredient in ‘sizzurp.’
Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and reportedly Justin Bieber are just a few A listers who are fans of the drug, but according to Actavis, the celebrity and media glorification of the prescription drug has gotten out of control.
Actavis sent HipHollywood the following statement:
Recently, one of Actavis’ products — promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate syrup, a prescription drug for the treatment of temporary relief of coughs and upper respiratory symptoms associated with allergy or the common cold — has gained significant attention in the media and elsewhere for its illegal recreational abuse. This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication. This attention may place consumers at risk by minimizing the dangers of its misuse and abuse.
Given these significant concerns, Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product. While we regret the impact this will have on the consumers who rely on this medication for its intended use, we believe this is the responsible course of action, and serves as further evidence of our commitment to being a partner in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
Sizzurp, which is usually made by mixing the codeine and soda, is a popular topic in music as well. Lil Wayne frequently raps about the drink: “And I got xanax, percocet, promethazine with codeine,” he raps in “Rich as F*ck.”
Last year, Weezy was hospitalized for several days following a series of seizures and according to reports, the seizures were triggered by the use of promethazine codeine aka sizzurp.
On Monday, Soulja Boy posted this image on Instagram of several bottles of the Actavis drug spread out on a table.
“Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry. I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody,” he wrote.
And in June of 2013, rapper 2 Chainz was taken into custody at the Los Angeles International Airport and charged with felony drug possession after officials found marijuana and a bottle of promethazine with codeine in the rapper’s checked bag.
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