If you’ve reached for certain children’s medicines at your drugstore lately and discovered the shelf is empty, you’re not the only one.
With a surge in cases of flu, RSV and Covid-19, some parents and pharmacies nationwide are reporting a shortage of over-the-counter medicines, such as children’s Tylenol.
And pediatricians are hearing from parents about the shortfall in supplies.
“As recently as today, I have patients saying they can’t find some medications, that certain pharmacies have a shortage of things like Tylenol or Motrin,” said Huntington pediatrician Dr. Sara Siddiqui of the NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group on Tuesday. “What I tell them is that there seems to be a slight issue but we tell patients to look around other stores, or get generic versions and that the some of the store brands are perfectly good.”
Insider.com reported that shortages nationwide could last into spring, and are affecting four medicines in parts of the country: Tylenol, amoxicillin, Tamiflu, and albuterol.