CVS and Walgreens are limiting how many children’s pain relief medications people can buy at once amid the “tripledemic” of respiratory viruses, according to reports.
CVS said it is limiting the number of pain relief medications to two. Walgreens customers can buy six over-the-counter pediatric fever reducers, according to the report.
NBC cited the following statement from Walgreens, “due to increased demand and various supplier challenges, over-the-counter pediatric fever reducing products are seeing constraint across the country.”
The restriction applies to medications purchased online or at pharmacies.
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According to the Associated Press, an unusually fast start to the flu season and a spike in other respiratory illnesses created a surge in demand for fever relievers and other over-the-counter medicines.
“There are more sick kids at this time of year than we have seen in the past couple years,” Dr. Shannon Dillon, a pediatrician at Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, told the AP.
Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson said it is not experiencing widespread shortages of Children’s Tylenol, but it may be “less readily available” at some locations.
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