U.S. is running out of common children’s antibiotic amoxicillin – forcing parents to shop around multiple pharmacies
- Four drugmakers behind nearly the entire country’s supply are facing a shortage
- The liquid form of the medication is in short supply, they said
- Officials made aware last month when patients struggled to fill prescriptions
A common antibiotic used to treat ear, sinus and chest infections in children is in short supply in the US.
Four drugmakers behind the nation’s amoxicillin supply now have limited doses of the liquid form of the medication.
The Food and Drug Association (FDA) blamed a surge in demand for the shortage — with respiratory illnesses at unseasonably high levels.
Officials were made aware of the issue in late October when a growing number of patients were forced to shop around multiple pharmacies to get the drug.
Although the drug doesn’t treat viral infections like RSV and flu, it can handle secondary infections such as those sparked by bacteria.
It comes amid shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall and oxytocin, a drug commonly used during childbirth. Both of these shortages are due to supply chain issues.
Drug shortages have been exacerbated by the pandemic, which caused a surge in demand for some medications and led to staff shortages.
Amoxicillin – a common antibiotic used to treat ear and sinus infections in children – is in short supply in the US