Cooperative Pharmacy Sees Decline in Fever Medication for Children –

According to Saskatchewan pharmacies, there is currently a shortage of acetaminophen in the form of chewable tablets, tablets and syrup for children and infants, which has become a frightening reality for parents.

Acetaminophen is an analgesic medication used to relieve mild or chronic pain and to reduce fever, often as an alternative to aspirin.

In Moose Jaw, the co-op’s Hillcrest Pharmacy has noticed a decline in these specific products, as well as what is shipped to them.

“We have seen a shortage of the Tylenol brand. As well as Tempra,” says Whitney Striha, Pharmacist Whitney Striha, Manager of Hillcrest Pharmacy at Moose Jaw Co-op. “However, we still receive products from the pharmacy every week so far. There is no need to panic to buy products. There are enough products available to meet the patient’s needs.

Striha adds that she is not 100% sure why there is a shortage, as the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition has informed her that there is a shortage of specific products. For the moment, there is no precise timetable for the return to normal supply.

Tylenol has issued a statement on the current shortage of their products. They said they were experiencing record demand for their product and even though record production and shipment were occurring, shortages continued in some parts of Canada.

Due to the shortage, the pharmacy is noticing an increase in purchases, with parents stocking up on Tylenol and Tempra products for more than just pain relief.

“There has also been an increase in cases of colds/flu, covid and foot and mouth disease which may require Tylenol or Advil.”

If parents can’t find their usual Tylenol or Tempra brands, Striha says there’s no need to panic because they have alternatives that will have the same effect.

“Parents can look for another brand of acetaminophen (Tylenol or Tempra) or use another dosage form (liquid, chewable tablets, dissolvable powder). You would only need to consult a pharmacist to ensure that the child/infant receives the correct dose/conversion.

Products such as Advil or Motrin are also alternatives that can be used for fever or pain, but Striha advised consulting a pharmacist to discuss appropriate usage before making the switch due to additional drug interactions.

Striha concluded by saying that if parents need additional help or have any questions regarding their child’s or infant’s medications, don’t hesitate and ask the pharmacists at CO-OP’s Hillcrest Pharmacy.

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