Pharmacists are reportedly running out of children’s Tylenol as cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) surge among children in the United States.
Tylenol can effectively bring down fevers, a common symptom of RSV; the season for the virus starts in the fall and continues through the winter.
“Just too much demand for the current supply,” Buffalo, New York pharmacist Don Arthur stated. “I think unfortunately with RSV, every flu season we deal in our community with the common flu, we deal with colds, we deal with RSV, but we still have COVID in smaller levels. … It’s still present, and now it seems we have a bit of a spike with RSV.”
“Just a few weeks ago we told you about the Amoxicillin shortage,” WFSB in Connecticut reported on Wednesday. “Now over the counter kids’ medicines like Tylenol, Motrin and Advil are all in short supply.”
“We are not experiencing shortages of children’s Tylenol in the United States,” Johnson & Johnson, which makes Tylenol and admitted Canada is experiencing shortages, told the Daily Mail. “There is increased consumer-driven demand for our children’s pain reliever products in certain regions and we’re taking all possible measures to ensure product availability.”
“RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states.
“RSV can be dangerous for some infants and young children. Each year in the United States, an estimated 58,000-80,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized due to RSV infection,” the CDC adds.
“In my 25 years of being a pediatrician, I’ve never seen anything like this,” pediatric infectious disease specialist Stacene Maroushek said, according to CNN. “I have seen families who just aren’t getting a break. They have one viral illness after another. And now there’s the secondary effect of ear infections and pneumonia that are prompting amoxicillin shortages.”
NBC Buffalo scouted locations including some Walgreens drugstores and a local Target and found no infant and children’s liquid acetaminophen and ibuprofen products.