London pharmacists await government relief for kids pain and fever meds – CBC

It’s unclear when imported medication will arrive on store shelves

Nov 22, 2022

Pharmacies in London say they have yet to receive a single bottle of children’s pain and fever medication from the federal government as part of a relief package from foreign suppliers.

Last week, the government announced it would import a million bottles of children’s medication, including Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, to help ease the ongoing shortage of Advil and Tylenol. The lack of children’s medicine coincides with persistent cases of COVID-19, influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in the community.

“We’re still waiting for those bottles to come in,” said Youssef Srour, co-owner of Oxbury Pharmacy in east London.

As early as August, the pharmacy struggled to supply families with children’s pain and fever medication. Oxbury’s suppliers are frequently out of stock, and limited qualities are being rationed out to families, he added.

“Especially with the flu season and now RSV, hopefully, that will help to alleviate the problem a little.”

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