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Canada-wide shortage of liquid children's Tylenol now affects chewables

Laboratoire Riva, a maker of generic and over-the-counter brand drugs, reported on Tuesday that there was a shortage of acetaminophen chewable tablets for children.

The Quebec-based company cites increased demand, according to Health Canada's website for drug sellers to report when demand cannot be met. increase.

A combination of supply chain problems and unseasonable demand has led to months of shortages of liquid children's Tylenol across the country, prompting a hospital for sick children in Toronto to warncaregivers on Monday. and patientof the possibility. Challenges in accessing liquid acetaminophen and ibuprofen and the recommendation to obtain a prescription from your SickKids care provider to ensure access.

He of Ottawa said CHEO (Children's Hospital Eastern Ontario) is also taking steps to ensure there are no problems with patient supply.

The Canadian Pharmacists Association also said in astatement Wednesday that no prescription is required to buy liquid Tylenol or Advil, which SickKids "recommends" to its caregivers. revealed something. Patience. The organization also urges all caregivers to have access to what they need, when they need it, by not buying more than they need.

Tylenol is the trade name for acetaminophen, and ibuprofen is also known by the trade names Advil and Motrin.

One of her, an Ontario-based pharmacist who works for a national chain, told that an over-the-counter Tylenol suspension version has been available since around May or her June. Said it was awaiting delivery.

Pharmacists say even generic store brands of liquid acetaminophen have been out of stock for months, and large 500 ml bottles of acetaminophen stored behind counters and used for prescriptions are He added that most hospitals typically do not have stocks on a regular basis. In stock and currently on backorder.

A letter from SickKids suggests the use of other forms of medication, including chewable tablets, but you should check with your pharmacist or health care provider to ensure the correct product and dosage are administered safely. Emphasizes the importance of talking to people.

The Drug Shortages Canada report, published on Tuesday,80mg, 24 tablets and 160mg, 20 tablets packages Riva of acetaminophen chewables. The company did not immediately respond to phone and email inquiries.

Separately, Paladin Labs Inc. announced Wednesday that it is running out of 80 mg Tempra Infant Drops of acetaminophen in 15 ml and 24 ml size bottles. reported. drugs,” according to the Drug Shortage Reporting website. Pharmaceutical companies had previously reported on July 27 that he was short of 100ml of acetaminophentempra children's syrup.

We can catch up. "But raw materials, sourcing, and putting it all together are creating challenges when it comes to sustaining and sustaining the supply of these products."

40} "Additionally, there is unprecedented demand due to colds and flu, as well as fevers and pains not typically seen at this time of year."

Part of Canada's largest pharmacy chain did not immediately respond to inquiries about shortages and prospects. Loblaws, who owns the Shoppers Drug Mart, sent the question back to Bates.

"The manufacturer has not yet indicated when this will be restocked," Bates said.

“We are monitoring the situation closely. We look forward to more supplies on the shelves.”

Families are ``stressed''

Some parents are stocking up because they are worried about falling.

"A lot of families are very stressed about this. We're afraid it's going to be a really crazy season with the virus," says a Toronto-based pediatrician. Physician Dina Kulik, M.D., told her CTV news channel on Wednesday.

The shortage started in early spring and continues in some parts of the country, she said Kulik.

"The virus remained very high throughout the year. Normally we don't see that much virus at this time of year, but as we head into virus season, many of us I worry about my children getting infected.The pain and fever medicines they need to feel better when they are sick are not available.”

SickKids says some retail pharmacies have While there may be an ample supply of over-the-counter versions, other pharmacies may only have large quantities of them that pharmacists have to dispense. As a result, SickKids offers patients and families who visit hospitals and need liquid pain relievers and fever medicines to obtain prescriptions from SickKids care providers. "We're reminding you to make sure that you can access it by sending a letter to the general public," SickKids spokeswoman Sarah Warr said in an emailed statement to

OPA's Bates added, however, that it is not obligatory and caregivers can speak to pharmacists.

Historically, Doctors didn't have to write prescriptions for these types of over-the-counter drugs, Klik said.

"If there is an actual shortage, we may all have to write prescriptions," she said, adding that doctors usually provide prescriptions over the phone for certain ailments.

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be safely administered over the phone or during virtual visits.”

It is not known how long the shortage will last, but medical experts advise against stocking up. I'm here.

“I know there is a lot of anxiety out there. We want to avoid hoarding. We need to make sure people can get it," Bates said.