Pharmacists say shortage of cold, flu and pain medication continues in Saskatchewan – CBC

‘Our shelves are empty, and cough and cold products are non-existent,’ says a Saskatoon pharmacy

Jan 12, 2023

Soaring and sustained demand for cold and flu medication is forcing pharmacists and patients to contend with shortages across Saskatchewan.

“Our shelves are empty. Cough and cold products are non-existent. We can’t order any and there’s no date when they will be back,” Jaclyn Katelnikoff, pharmacist at Saskatoon Family Pharmacy, said.

“We’ve started seeing calls this week about Advil. We are running under the assumption that we will be compounding for a while and hopefully we will get some symptomatic relief soon.”

CBC spoke with 20 pharmacies in Saskatoon and Regina on Wednesday. All reported either having run out or running low on cough and cold medicines.

“We would love to see them back, as it will make our lives less stressful,” Katelnikoff said.

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