Saskatchewan. Pharmacy provides pain and fever medication for children on prescription News WAALI

Saskatchewan has not been spared a national shortage of pain and fever medication for children.

This prompted Nanogram Pharmacy, a Saskatoon compounding facility, to join a website launched by an Alberta-based pharmaceutical technology company that provides people with acetaminophen and ibuprofen — more commonly known as Tylenol and Advil — by prescription.

Increased demand for drugs has exceeded supply, said Michael Fougere, CEO of the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan. Manufacturers have also faced supply chain issues during the pandemic.

“We get a call every five to ten minutes, I would say. [from] someone looking for acetaminophen,” said Stephanie Yeboah, director of Nanogram Pharmacy.

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CBC News spoke with 10 pharmacies in Saskatoon and Regina that did not have pediatric Advil or Tylenol on Monday.

For many, this has been the case for the past two months and wholesalers and suppliers have not told them when to expect more shipments.

Dispensaries across Canada, like this one in Saskatoon, are facing shortages of children’s pain and fever medications like Advil and Tylenol. (Kayla Guerrette/CBC)

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Some pharmacists say they occasionally receive a box or two of medicine and have limited their customers to one bottle at a time.

Nanogram Pharmacy, a compound pharmacy, manufactures drugs similar to Advil or Tylenol from scratch.

Although children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen products are over-the-counter medications, compound medications require a prescription.

“Because we’re doing it from scratch, we need patient-specific information,” Yeboah explained.

Edmonton-based KemNet launched its website in August, which also offers drugs to people in Alberta and Ontario.

“When the Tylenol and Advil shortages started…it was just the perfect opportunity for us to use the platform to help solve this problem,” said Morẹ́nikẹ́ Ọláòṣebìkan, CEO and Founder of KemNet. .

A pharmacist or other prescriber such as a doctor or nurse requests medication and enters customer information. Then the pharmacist turns to the patient and the order is filled.

Customers can then pick up their medication or have it delivered to their home. You can also inquire via the website.

Saskatoon’s Nanogram Pharmacy is a compounding facility that creates drugs from scratch. (Kayla Guerrette/CBC)

Yeboah said the pharmacy could have the medicine ready in as little as an hour.

“If you need pain relief for your child…you need it right now – you can’t wait,” Yeboah said.

“[Parents] go to the usual pharmacies, he won’t be there. Now that’s just a simple shape.

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