High demand keeping cold and flu medicine off shelves amid shortage – CTV

Jan. 10, 2023

Amid a season of high rates of flu, respiratory, and COVID-19 infections, pharmacies across Canada are reporting a shortage of cold and flu medicine that one expert says is being made worse by high demand.

Health Canada confirmed the shortage following a rapid poll conducted in December by the Canadian Pharmacists Association that found 25 per cent of pharmacies had no supply of adult cold and flu medicines, and 62 per cent had minimal supply.

The association’s Chief Pharmacist Officer Daneille Paes explains, while pharmacies continue to receive stock of adult pain reliever medication, the ongoing shortage is driven by high demand.

“The stock is coming in, it’s just not staying on the shelves and so we’re continuing to find challenges as we navigate these unprecedented times where buyers’ activities are just circulating at high rates,” Paes told CTV’s Your Morning on Tuesday.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/high-demand-keeping-cold-and-flu-medicine-off-shelves-amid-shortage-1.6224500

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