WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- 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 cvs.com.”
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.