Shortage of painkillers for children: parents try their luck in the United States
A nationwide shortage of children's pain and fever medication is forcing parents to travel to the United States.
Danielle Parent is the mother of a 3-year-old boy. In October alone, she traveled four times to Michigan from Windsor, where she lives, to get children's drugs, mostly Tylenol.
I was able to pick up two bottles of Tylenol, another bottle for colds and coughs for young children under six, she says.
In the Windsor area, as elsewhere in the country, several children's medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or antibiotics such as amoxicillin have not been found for several months, according to local pharmacies. /p>
The problem is such, according to Ms. Parent, that since July she has arranged with a group of mothers from the region to take turns crossing the border and ;supply medicine for their children.
I think it is a great tragedy that is beginning to happen, explains the mother of the family.
Danielle Parent is part of a group of moms from Windsor going to the States United regularly to get medicine for their children. (Archives)
She explains that she and her friends, however, remain discreet about their identity when they present themselves at the various counters of pharmacies in the United States.
I don't think they know we're Canadians. To be honest, I wouldn't like to tell them. I don't want to take the risk that they won't sell them to us, says Ms. Parent. #x27;other side of the border.
Danielle Parent says she returned to Michigan on November 12 to replenish her medicine supplies, but this time she came back empty-handed. She claims to have visited three pharmacies that had no bottles of Tylenol.
I'm pretty lucky. I still have a small stock, she welcomes.
Rién Mouradian also recently tried his luck in an American pharmacy, without success.
We had planned to take several medications, but they didn't allow us, she laments.
Mrs. Mouradian explains that she needs Tylenol all the time to relieve her children who often struggle with cold symptoms and fever.
“I have three sick children and one of them has baby teeth that are starting to grow. I always have to have Tylenol at home.
— Rién Mouradian, Windsor mom of three
Tim Brady, president of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, says he is concerned about the shortage of a number of medications as flu season draws closer.
“We order every day, but nothing is available.
— Tim Brady, President of the Ontario Pharmacists Association
He encourages parents who are struggling to find medicine for their children to confide in pharmacists until things get back to normal.
We can sit down and give you some options you haven't even thought of that could potentially work for you, he assures.
For parents who are tempted by natural methods to relieve symptoms of their children, Brady nevertheless reminds us to be careful.
As a concerned parent, make sure you try something that is known, safe, and which will not harm your child, underlines the pharmacist.
According to him, a cold bath can effectively relieve the fever if there is no immediate appropriate medication.
It's physical, it's easy, it will bring the temperature down faster, he explains.
Tim Brad also reminds parents who have stocked up on medication to check their expiration date before use.