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Doctors say amoxicillin shortage is affecting pediatric patients

NEW YORK — Supply shortages have been nothing new by the pandemic, and now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning the antibiotic amoxicillin is briefly provide, particularly, doses generally prescribed for kids.

One Howard Beach mother could not consider how onerous it was to get amoxicillin for her sick daughter.

“It’s crazy. It shouldn’t be this difficult,” she mentioned. 

Her 6-year-old was prescribed the antibiotic by her pediatrician.

“Her appointment was at 9:15 in the morning. I didn’t get it ’til 5:45 at night,” the mother mentioned. “They send it to my original pharmacy that I usually use, and I call to see if it was ready … and they told me they didn’t have it, and it, they couldn’t get it.”

After calling a number of pharmacies, she lastly acquired the prescription stuffed at Linden Park Pharmacy. Staff there advised CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis once they heard of a shortage, they pre-ordered a big provide.

“There’s absolutely a shortage happening right now, and we’re seeing that shortage predominantly affecting the pediatric population,” heart problems specialist Dr. Nidhi Kumar mentioned.

The state is not saying if there is formally a shortage, however according to the FDA’s website, there is, and the rationale is elevated demand on 4 pharmaceutical corporations which produce the antibiotic.

One of these corporations, Hikma, advised CBS2 partially, “We are continuing to deliver in full nationally and have adequate supplies to meet our agreed upon commitments with current customers.” They added they’re taking a look at methods to extend manufacturing to satisfy the elevated demand.

A consultant from a pharmaceutical company shared with CBS2, through the pandemic, amoxicillin demand was decrease than it had been beforehand and rising demand can yield a short-term drawback.

Kumar says it is not straight associated to the RSV surge.

“Pediatricians do not use amoxicillin to treat RSV. However, that being said, it can be used to treat some of the secondary infections related to RSV. What the thought is is that this amoxicillin shortage is really stemming from a supply chain issue,” she mentioned.

CBS2 reached out to massive pharmacies, together with Walgreens. A spokesperson mentioned, “Although demand for amoxicillin has increased, Walgreens is still able to meet patient needs at this time and will continue to work with our suppliers and distributors throughout the season to best serve our patients.”

“Should parents be alarmed?” DeAngelis requested Kumar.

“We don’t want families to be alarmed. If we look at the top three diseases that we use amoxicillin for, in the pediatric population, that is pneumonia, ear infections and strep throat. We have alternatives to treat all three of these illnesses,” she mentioned.

So, if you cannot get amoxicillin, Kumar recommends asking your physician for a distinct remedy.

Also, concentrate on maintaining children wholesome by washing palms, getting relaxation and consuming properly to forestall sickness within the first place.

An FDA spokesperson mentioned they work to assist forestall drug shortages, including, “The FDA is aware of some intermittent supply interruptions of amoxicillin products in the U.S, and is currently working with the approved manufacturers.”

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