Shortages of commonly used drugs worry pharmacists during flu season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The flu isn’t the only disease raging, COVID is still around, along with strep throat. To treat infections like streptococci, the antibiotic amoxicillin is prescribed, but there is a nationwide shortage of this drug.

Clarence Sullivan is the owner of the Pharmacy Shop and he says he is concerned about the supply. He said if you end up needing amoxicillin, pharmacists recommend calling to see who has it in stock.

“To have a shortage for something like that is quite shocking. Points to distribution channel issues,” Sullivan said. “I would really like to know and I don’t even know.”

Other big name drugs such as Adderall are also in short supply, but pharmacists say the price is unlikely to rise.

“We have shortages in the market today, which makes it really tight, but I don’t think you’ll see price changes based on that.” said Sullivan.

Sullivan says the best way to not get sick is to take preventative measures like washing your hands and using the measures we’ve taken during the pandemic. He also encourages people to get the flu shot.

Pharmacists say that if you’re feeling sick, be sure to check with your doctor to see if an over-the-counter or prescription medication is right for you.

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