New concerns about drug shortages as hospitals fill up

As cases of the flu, RSV and COVID surge, there have been shortages of certain medications and over-the-counter pain relievers across the country.
2:09 | 12/09/22

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- And now to growing alarm about some drug shortages across parts of the country with the tripledemic. So that's cases of flu, RSV, and COVID driving high demand for medications. Janai Norman has the latest. JANAI NORMAN: This morning, concerns growing about local drug shortages in parts of the country as the tripledemic tightens its grip. Cases of flu, RSV, and COVID surging. And now, coast-to-coast, spot shortages of certain medications and over-the-counter pain relievers. - I feel like it should be one of the things that they should always have is, you know, like antibiotics, amoxicillin, anything. JANAI NORMAN: Kendra Hall's 15-month-old was diagnosed with RSV and a double ear infection, Monday. But the Massachusetts mom couldn't find a pharmacy to fill the antibiotic prescription for the ear infection. - It took us a whole day to actually find what we needed. And we had to go at least like 30 minutes away. And we looked at five different stores. So it was pretty crazy. - In the 20 years that I've been practicing, I've never seen drug shortages quite like this. JANAI NORMAN: The tripledemic driving a high demand for over-the-counter cold and pain meds for kids, causing spotty supply depending on the region. And issues with other medications. Some antibiotics, like amoxicillin, are a result of supply chain issues, a holdover from the pandemic. - Those same factors of why your favorite foods might not be on the shelf, are really also driving the same things of why you can't find these over-the-counter pain relievers on the shelves. JANAI NORMAN: And if you can't find a medication for your child, experts suggest calling around to other pharmacies, looking for generic versions, and asking your pharmacist how to use an adult version of a medication for a child. And a big development this morning on the COVID vaccine front. The FDA now authorizing the new COVID shot for children. The updated COVID shot for children as young as six months. Those are expected to be available next week. That makes that age group, those youngsters, the last to be eligible for those new boosters, guys. CECILIA VEGA: That is good news. We will take it, Janai. Thank you so much.

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