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Cold and Flu Medicine Is in Short Supply in Las Vegas Pharmacies

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 8, 2022 7:18 am

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – Whether it’s major chain pharmacies or tiny independents, they’re all facing pharmaceutical shortages this season to combat the triple threat of respiratory viruses.

“It’s never been that crazy. This is the first time that this panic thing is going on,” owner of Belmont Pharmacy Bobby Benson said. “I haven’t seen this in the past 25 years as a practicing pharmacist.”

Local pharmacies report that children’s medications are flying off the shelves. This is in the midst of outbreaks of RSV, COVID, and the flu. According to pharmacists, liquid antivirals and antibiotics are in high demand. According to Benson, the majority of the medications are typical over-the-counter medications such as Motrin, Tylenol, and cough syrup.

According to the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy, the shortages are caused by pharmacies not ordering enough of a certain medicine that is in high demand during a period of high sickness. Another major factor is production problems.

“What we’ve seen over the past years in many different industries including the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, there’s been a consolidation,” Executive Secretary of the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy Dave Wuest said. “You used to have many more people making it, and now it’s less people making more of it. So, when you lose one of those it can be dire onto the system.”

Wuest stated that for prescription medications, pharmacists can consult with doctors and adjust the medication.

“They can change it to another therapeutic or another drug, and that can all happen without the patient going back to the doctor’s office,” Wuest said.

On Wednesday, Benson’s shelves were completely stocked at Belmont Pharmacy. He stated that he has worked hard with vendors to maintain the medications in stock, but that the people may also assist manage the situation.

“Everyone’s buying. Even those that don’t need it. So, I would suggest they just chill. Buy what you need and stop holding,” Benson said.

He expects the shortages will be remedied shortly since producers are under a lot of pressure to keep up with demand.

The FDA stated that it is keeping an eye on the issue.

Credits: Fox 5 Vegas

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