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As flu season begins quickly, a shortage of pediatric medications occurs

By 12/20/2022 9:49 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Due to the scarcity of Children’s Tylenol and other medications, caring for ill children has recently become even more distressing for many American parents.

Although the issue may endure into the wintertime cold and flu season, doctors and other experts say it shouldn’t last as long as other recent shortages of baby formula or prescription medications.

Additionally, they claim that parents have options if store shelves are empty.

The annual flu season in the United States began unusually quickly this year, and there was an increase in other respiratory ailments, which led to the rise in demand for over-the-counter medications like fever reducers.

Dr. Shannon Dillon, a pediatrician at Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, said, “There are more sick kids at this time of year than we have seen in the last two years.”

That, according to experts, is the primary cause of the shortages, which differ across the nation and even within localities.

According to Dillon, who compared it to toilet paper at the start of the (COVID-19) pandemic, you only have to look at the right place at the right time.

Children’s Tylenol is not generally in limited supply, according to drugmaker Johnson & Johnson, although some stores may have “less readily available” stock of the medication. The business said that its production lines are functioning nonstop.

Meanwhile, CVS Health has restricted two items on all children’s painkillers purchased from its pharmacies or online.

Customers can purchase only six children’s over-the-counter fever-reducer items from Walgreens online.

In retailers, that restriction does not apply.

In addition to over-the-counter medicines, the Food and Drug Administration reports a shortage of the prescription antibiotic amoxicillin due to rising demand.

The medication is frequently used to treat throat and nose infections in kids.



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