Over 125 medications in short supply across the U.S.

Everything from Tylenol to cancer treatments is in short supply.

EDMONDS, Wash. — There are currently about 125 drugs or health products in short supply across the United States, according to the FDA.

The situation is affecting people across the country and in some cases threatens them with no known cure.

Teagan Miller, the daughter of a KING 5 employee, suffers from narcolepsy and recently had to wait over a week for her Adderall supplement.

“It was a little bit of panic and frustration,” she said from her Kirkland office.

That’s because without the medication, she could doze off at work or worse, get behind the wheel.

Adderall is one of the most scarce drugs in America right now, so Teagan was forced to portion the rations.

“Do I have to decide if I save them and use them for work or do I save them for emergencies when I need to stay awake and I don’t have extra batteries?” She asked herself.

It’s not just Adderall that is in short supply.

The drugs used to treat cancer are running out. An increase in RSV in children, coupled with a return of the flu, leaves parents struggling to find Amoxicillin, Tamiflu and Albuterol. Anesthetics like Lidocaine are scarce. Ativan is used to control unlikely seizures and anxiety. Even everyday, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments like Tylenol are increasingly hard to find.

“I’m very worried,” said Steve Fijalka, director of pharmacy at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Drug shortages are not uncommon and have been occurring for the past 5 years.

Fijalka believes the situation is getting more attention now because there are so many children with RSV.

There are many factors that contribute to the deficiency.

“Sometimes it’s the raw materials,” says Fijalka. “Sometimes it’s a business decision. Some of these drugs are no longer valid for some companies to produce.” “There are production problems. We don’t have many manufacturing plants in the US”

As for when drug shelves will fill up again, no one can say for sure.

“This is a challenging situation for suppliers and pharmacies across the country and will not be resolved until manufacturers are able to supplement their supply,” said Frank Ameduri, spokesman for the Ministry of Health. supply replenishment”.

The owner of the Paktia pharmacy in Edmonds told KING 5 that anyone receiving a prescription should follow this advice.

Owner Rashid Jamali said: “Before leaving the doctor’s office, be sure to call the pharmacy and make sure the product is available. “If not, you can ask for help in finding a pharmacist who carries the medicine.”

Another tip is to choose a small independent pharmacy. They usually do business with a few suppliers as opposed to large chains that may only have contracts with a few. Smaller pharmacies often have more time to contact other pharmacies or providers to find needed medications.

For parents dealing with RSV or the flu, a Rite Aid spokesperson said in an email: “If customers don’t see their preferred cold/flu products on the shelves, they should talk to a pharmacist to be introduced to other OTC options that best suit their needs.”

Teagan Miller said the uncertainty was stressing her out.

“In a month or so, I know I’ll have to face the same thing that makes it harder and more stressful to think about.”

https://www.king5.com/article/news/health/medications-short-supply-across-us/281-7ff380a5-140e-41de-9593-a372b6951168 Over 125 medications in short supply across the U.S.

Edmund DeMarche

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