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CVS, Walgreens limit purchase of children’s medicines as winter illnesses spike demand




  • As the demand for children’s pain and fever medication has risen this winter season, supply is dwindling.
  • The top two pharmacy companies, CVS and Walgreens, have capped the number of products to 2 each for CVS and 6 online purchases for Walgreens.
  • The companies have not foreseen the early arrival of winter illnesses, thus the shortage of supply and the struggle to keep up with the demand.

With the early onset of flu, cold and other respiratory illnesses this winter season, the supply for pain relievers, antibiotics and cold medicines has fallen short.

For weeks, pharmacists have been saying the medications for fever, pain relievers, albuterol, and popular antibiotics like amoxicillin had strained in-store availability across the country.

Now, the two pharmaceutical companies, CVS and Walgreens, have set a limit on the number of purchases a client can make for everyone to have access to these medicines.  

A CVS spokesperson said the company imposed “two-product limit on all children’s pain relief products at all CVS Pharmacy locations and”

Details on the enforcement of the ruling are still not available.  However, the company says the move is to ensure that all customers have equitable access to their medications.   

Meanwhile, Walgreens limited online orders to six on all over-the-counter pediatric fever reducers, which include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) due to “increased demand and various supplier challenges.”

No limit has been placed on Walgreens’ in-store purchases.

Doctors have recommended trying compounding pharmacies, comparison shopping and working with your doctor to source different brands or formulations for the needed medication for your sick children.

Source: Insider



  1. Leslie

    December 21, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    MADE IN AMERICA needs to happen! China makes most meds so yes we will always be in limited supply & high costs!
    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN “MAGA” haters are idiots that hate America and don’t want to see her be independent again!

    • Marcia

      December 22, 2022 at 7:29 pm

      The thought that China makes a lot of our medicines is very disturbing to me and should be disturbing to everyone! For so many reasons……….

  2. 1PatriotForever

    December 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Isnt it great to live in America where the Local Corporate entities can TELL YOU what you can buy?
    Screw them both and go to Costco or another pharmacy because they need spanked GOOD

    Teach them a lesson and stop using them then they will beg for your business

    • Leslie

      December 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      COSCO !?! 98% of stuff you can buy at COSCO is ‘made in China’

  3. Scuba Brett

    December 22, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    I love that they say there’s a shortage of antibiotics for flu. Influenza is a virus, not a bacteria.

    • Rat Wrangler

      December 24, 2022 at 10:16 am

      They didn’t say the antibiotics were specifically for flu, but they did mention “other respiratory illnesses”, which could include bronchitis and pneumonia, both treatable with antibiotics.

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