Shortage of commonly used medication worries pharmacists during flu season
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Flu isn’t the only illness going around, COVID is still present, as well as strep throat. To treat infections like strep, the antibiotic Amoxicillin is prescribed, but there’s a national shortage of the drug.
Clarence Sullivan is the owner of the Pharmacy Shop and he says he’s concerned about the supply. He said if you end up needing Amoxicillin, pharmacists recommend calling around to see who has it in stock.
“To have a shortage for something like this is pretty shocking. Points towards distribution channel problems,” Sullivan said. “I would really like to know and I don’t even know. "
Other big-name drugs such as Adderall are also in short supply, but pharmacists say that the price shouldn’t increase.
“We have shortages in the market today, which make it really really tight, but I don’t think you will see any price changes based on that.” Sullivan said.
Sullivan says the best way to keep yourself from falling ill is to take preventative measures like washing your hands and using the measures we did during the pandemic. He also encourages people to get their flu shot.
Pharmacists say if you are feeling sick make sure you consult with your doctor whether an over-the-counter or prescription medication is best for you.
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