Kids painkiller shortage forcing pharmacies to use more generic brands

FRUITLAND, Md. – Kids pain killers are hard to find these days.

47 ABC spoke with a pharmacist at Apple Drugs to see what they’re experiencing here at home. Specifically, it’s hard for local pharmacies to get their hands on children’s Tylenol and Motrin.
Apple Discount Drugs Pharmacist Matt Balish says they can’t get children’s Tylenol at all but that could change next week. Meanwhile, Motrin is being limited by the wholesaler says Balish.

He adds now they’re using more generic companies to fill the shelves. ” When we can’t get that we will bring in products like Major, which is what we typically have back in the pharmacy to fill your prescription for Tylenol or Motrin for your child but it wouldn’t necessarily make it back out here to the shelf,” says Matt Balish, Pharmacist with Apple Discount Drugs.

There is currently a limit on pain killers in some stores, but that is not the case at apple discount drugs. Balish says if you are headed to the store only buy what you need that way other families can get their share as well.

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