Pharmacies struggle to stock up on drugs

Charlotte-area pharmacies are reporting restocking issues with Tamiflu, Amoxicillin and Adderall.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — National shortages of essential commodities medications like Amoxicillin, Tamiflu and Adderall are felt in the Carolinas.

Flu and cold seasons have arrived and many families are struggling to find the remedies they need.

Lack of amoxicillin scared parents like Michael Burnett. “You would never think it wouldn’t be available,” Burnett said. WNC Charlotte. “So it just caught us off guard and made it feel like the situation was never going to end.”

Burnett explained that her 17-month-old twins were sick. They were prescribed amoxicillin, but Burnett could not find any nearby stores.

He said he finally found it at a small pharmacy in Fort Mill.

“If we hadn’t heard of someone trying this random family store, we would have been pretty much helpless,” Burnett added.

Three different pharmacies told Julia Kauffman, WCNC Charlotte reporter that their suppliers also had problems restocking other drugs like Tamiflu and Adderall.

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“Never before have we had so many drugs that are so hard to find at once,” Dr. Amy Small shared with Carolina Pharmacy. “Our main wholesaler is limiting supplies and it’s been…it’s been a real struggle.”

Small said high demand and lack of ingredients are two reasons for the drug shortage.

The Adderall shortage is affecting Charlotte residents like Johnathan Worley.

“OYou end up potentially having to go three to five days without your prescription if none of the local CVS or pharmacies, in general, have it,” he explained.

Worley said he called five different pharmacies before finding one that could fill his prescription recently. “It’s really just an annoyance,” he added.

Small said Carolina Pharmacy was working with smaller wholesalers to source the drugs. However, this means paying a higher price than they usually do with “major wholesalers”.

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Small said the pharmacy bears the costs and does not raise prices for customers.

The doctor added that they are now stocked and even make their own medicines using a compounding lab, helping to supply other small pharmacies which are all sold out.

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