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Lack of flu and strep medications and increase in respiratory illnesses



Little Rock, Arkansas – Due to shortages of some antibiotics and flu medications in the heart of the cold and flu season, some Arkansans have had difficulty receiving the medications they need to feel better.

“Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a shortage of lots of different medications,” said Anne Pace, owner and pharmacist at Kavanaugh Pharmacy.

Along with other shortages, Pace claimed that she is finding it particularly difficult to meet the demand from flu sufferers.

“There’s definitely been a shortage of Tamiflu, whether it’s the capsules, the liquid for kids has been super hard to get… it’s a struggle every day to make sure that we can get it in stock,” Pace added.

There are no guarantees as to when things will get better, but Pace stated that the pharmacy is now giving children and adults in at-risk situations as well as those who are experiencing symptoms top priority.

“Not as much preventative, more just treating because there is a short supply… I had a child yesterday who had flu plus RSV, and so I called another pharmacy and was able to borrow some from them,” Pace explained.

Another pill Xofluza is in stock but isn’t as accessible as other flu medications, Pace adding, “It’s a lot more expensive, not all insurances cover it… So it’s not as easy for patients to get that one.”

Kavanaugh Pharmacy stressed that prevention is the first step to good health even while pharmacies fight to keep medications accessible.

“It’s not too late. It is never too late honestly, to get your flu shot,” Pace said.

When it comes to COVID vaccinations, Dr. Rawle Seupaul of UAMS’ Emergency Medicine offers the same advise, saying that, “…getting those boosters helps to minimize disease, prevent disease and keep those that you’re around safer.”

But even with safety in mind, the doctor’s recommendations still call for spending time with family during the holidays.

“We are in a different place today than we were a year ago, two years ago or three years ago when it comes to the pandemic, we’re far more informed [now]… We have vaccines, and I think people know how to stay safe,” Seupaul said.

And Pace underlined that even while some medications are more difficult to find, pharmacists will still make an effort to assist you.

“There may be a shortage and maybe a slight delay in treatment, but whatever pharmacy you go to, we’re doing our very best to get you your medication as quickly as possible,” Pace said.

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