Amoxicillin, Tamiflu, and Albuterol in short supply as parents drive hours looking for a pharmacy with medication

People are six times more likely to be taking Tamiflu now than they were at this time in 2019. Dimas Ardian / Getty Image

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • US faces shortages of children’s antibiotics and flu drugs amid ‘tripledemic’
  • Parents have reported spending hours going from one pharmacy to another to track down the medications to treat sicknesses.
  • Officials have declared a shortage of first-line antibiotics amoxicillin and Augmentin, which are used to treat bacterial infections. Tamiflu, the most common flu medication in the US, and albuterol, an inhaler for asthma and to open airways in the lungs, are also in short supply, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • The reason for shortages is due to increased demand, especially with a surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu cases. The combination of RSV, flu and COVID circulating has been called a “tripledemic.”

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