so I finally figured it out, I think
Kroger and Walgreen's both have a lot of their cold medicines replaced by pictures of same and you take the pic to the counter and ask for the medicine. I guess this is because of the crystal meth people? Isn't there something about their making it using pseudoephedrine or something? I don't mind using pictures to buy medicine, the real thing pissing me off is Kroger seems not to be carrying any longer their wonderful "Severe Cold Formula." Now THAT'S sad.