A national scarcity of children’s fever medications has placed families in a precarious situation and hospitals overburdened, according to Canada’s public health department, which has claimed that overseas imports will assist alleviate the situation.
Update: We’ve secured foreign supply of acetaminophen for kids – and it’ll be available for sale at stores and in pharmacies as soon as possible. @GovCanHealth has also approved the importation of ibuprofen and acetaminophen so hospitals have the supply they need, too.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 14, 2022
Health Canada stated in a release on Monday that it has obtained a foreign supply of children’s acetaminophen, which will be offered for sale at retail stores and in neighbourhood pharmacies in the coming weeks.
Parents have been searching for months for anti-fever medications only to find bare shelves in pharmacies all around the nation. While others have planned travels to the United States for the medication, some have been compelled to make helpless appeals to friends and family members outside of Canada. Over the past few weeks, paediatric health centres have been overworked due to a shortage of over-the-counter fever medications.
Jean-Yves Duclos, the nation’s federal health minister, predicted that additional deliveries would be made in the upcoming months and that the anticipated shipments will “fill the drugstore counters pretty quickly.”
Please only buy what is needed so that other parents can access medication and other sick children’s needs can be met.
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— Jean-Yves Duclos (@jyduclos) November 14, 2022
Health Canada urged families to “just acquire what they need” despite the anticipated supplies so that others might get access to the limited quantity.
As the nation faces concomitant waves of coronavirus, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus, all of which cause fevers in young children, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for young children have been in limited supply for months.
All inbound medications, according to Health Canada, were carefully examined and deemed to be safe. All dosage, ingredient, cautionary, and warning information will be provided in both English and French.
In order for other parents and caregivers to have access to medication and help sick children, the public health organisation advised Canadians to buy only what they actually need at this time.