Warning to hay fever sufferers as medication is in short supply

Hay fever sufferers have been given an urgent warning as some hay fever medicines are in short supply in the UK.

Medicines using the active ingredient chlorphenamine maleate have been hit by an industry-wide shortage, including Piriton, although other hay fever medicines are available.

A spokeswoman for pharmacy chain Boots said only four of 90 hay fever products were affected and there was good availability of other hay fever items.

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She said: “At Boots we offer a wide range of hay fever medicines, with good stock availability across our stores and online.

“There are a very small number of ranges that are currently out of stock due to an ongoing industry-wide shortage of the active ingredient chlorphenamine maleate.

“However, we expect this to be resolved soon and further deliveries are expected in the coming weeks.”

Hay fever drugs are in short supply, some pharmacies have said (PA)

Other hay fever medications such as Piriteze use cetirizine hydrochloride and are always in abundance.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society President Claire Anderson said: “Chlorophenamine maleate is only a component of a few hay fever tablets, including Piriton, which is not a first-line choice for treat hay fever in adults as it is more likely to make patients drowsy.

“Other medications using cetirizine hydrochloride or loratadine are still widely available in pharmacies across the country, and fexofenadine is also now available for general sale in pharmacies this year for the first time, so patients actually have more options than ever to treat their hay fever symptoms.

“Drug shortages are not a new problem, and it’s something that pharmacists and pharmacy teams have to deal with and deal with on a daily basis, and have been for a long time.”

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