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Children's Tylenol, Advil Shortage in Alberta Due to Summer's COVID Outbreak

With a nationwide shortage of cold and flu medicine for children, there are concerns about what will happen in Alberta when school starts in a few weeks.

"They start getting really sick, and you're going to get more calls about Tylenol," she said near 114th Street and her 40th Avenue in South Edmonton. said Naida Fatth, a pharmacy assistant at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy.

In recent months, pharmacies have ordered both tablets and liquid suspensions of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Advil (ibuprofen) for children. corresponds to, she says.

According to Fatth, the weeks leading up to the start of the school year are usually flooded with merchandise for children.

"We're getting nothing. As you can see, literally nothing," she said, pointing to a sparse shelf behind her.

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My parents called the pharmacy looking for Tylenol and Advil. If it happens to be in stock, customers are usually quick to pick it up before others, says Fatth.

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September is usually when colds, flu, and other illnesses spread easily in enclosed spaces like classrooms. The lack of available medication concerns Edmonton parent Melissa Tiaro, who had trouble finding medication for her daughter this week. talks about various supply chain issues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm a little worried about the start of the school year because historically we usually catch a cold by the second or third week of September and then think about what to do next." Especially for some young children, nothing is available," Tiahlo said, noting that reducing fever is important to prevent seizures in young children.

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On Sunday her daughter collapsed with a respiratory illness and needed headache relief. .

"We went everywhere. Oh. Five or she six different grocery stores. We found nothing," Tiaro said.

"We ended up going for some homeopathic remedies and were lucky enough to find some on Amazon. There are a few products out there.

One immediate solution is to obtain a prescription.

"We are a pharmacy, so if parents can go to the doctor and get a prescription for Tylenol, they can make their own," Fass said. "School starts, so that's the best we can do for now."

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``Caregiver needs additional time from pharmacy team to repackage product in smaller quantities. However, there are other formulations available.It is recommended that all caregivers consult with their pharmacist to determine the best way to access the right medication for their child. says communications manager Kendall Franklin.

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Symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue.According to the Alberta Health Service,taking over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol can help relievediscomfort.

"Many pharmacies in Alberta and other Canadian provinces have run out of stock of these over-the-counter products due to higher-than-expected demand due to COVID-19 over the summer. said Mark Feldbusch, Communications Advisor for the Department. In a statement, it added that there have been other shortages of these products in the past few years.

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The Government of Alberta The Canadian Pharmacists Association said Wednesday that drug makers are ramping up production across Canada, although it could not say if there are any allocation plans from product makers.

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Editor-in-Chief Barry Power said manufacturers will be pumping out drugs and supplies will plateau at some point.

"The facility is going full speed ahead. So they're definitely producing. The problem is the demand is higher than normal," he said. "Purchases will plateau at some point. And as COVID infections decline, things will stabilize." I said it is customary to check.

Canadians are warned not to buy in haste.

"We're asking people not to go out and stockpile and buy it because it will only make things worse. Pharmacies have a constant supply," Power said.

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Also, the Alberta Pharmacists Association wants to make sure everyone has access to what they need. , urged people not to over-buy. when they need it.

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The University of Alberta Pharmacy Department said it was aware of a growing shortage of over-the-counter children's pain relievers, including acetaminophen, but wholesaler McKesson said the shortage was likely to continue.

In the meantime, the university said it will continue to monitor the situation and determine that additional instructions need to be sent to pharmacies.

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The /Territorial Drug Shortage Task Team will investigate the situation over the next few days and may be able to provide additional information and potential remedies as the situation develops.

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— Using files from Aya Al-Hakim, Global News, The Canadian Press

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