Flu medicine shortage

If you are someone who gets the flu, there's a chance you might not be able to find the medicine for it
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 10:22 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - If you get the flu, there is a possibility you may not be able to get a medication to help ease the symptoms and reduce recovery time.

With flu cases on the rise, there is a high demand for anti-viral medicine, which is making it hard to come by.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website shows Tamiflu, or Oseltamivir, is in shortage. Makers of drugs did not provide a reason for the shortage and either are on backorder, or do not list a date for a resupply.

In regard to many pharmacies being out of the anti-viral medicine, Catherine Heaton with Broadway Pharmacy said, “Luckily for us, we have a secondary wholesaler that we can get some right now, so we have been able to keep it in stock. We have patients calling desperately how to find it, we have doctors that instead of electronically prescribing they’re giving them paper prescriptions and to go find it.”

However, the shortage doesn’t stop with the anti-viral medication.

“We’re seeing a shortage in children’s Tylenol and ibuprofen, you know parents are seeing that in the big box chain stores like Walmart, and our shelves aren’t that full either,” said Heaton.

The Missouri Hospital Association is encouraging anyone who hasn’t already received a flu vaccination to get one to help with the surge of flu cases.

To find more information about the shortage, click here.