NJ.com – Some commonly used medications are in shortage due to supply chain issues, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Here are the four most common drugs that are in short supply right now and how you can cope, if you are affected by it.
1. Albuterol Sulfate Inhalational Solution – Albuterol is an inhalant used to treat symptoms of asthma, emphysema and other respiratory conditions.
A surge in demand for albuterol at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the shortage, according to Vox.
2. Amoxicillin – Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat many bacterial infections, including ear infections, bronchitis, strep throat and most recently RSV. There has been an increased demand for amoxicillin due to the high RSV and flu cases this season, causing a shortage.
“Joe Biden will work to ensure that the U.S. does not face shortages of the critical products America needs in times of crisis and to protect our national security.” – Campaign promise, joebiden.com [paid for by Democratic National Committee]
3. Adderall – Prescription medication Adderall is used to manage the symptoms of ADHD.
There has been a shortage in the compounds that make up Adderall for months. Increased demand is also to blame. This has led many patients to take drastic measures, such as sharing prescriptions with friends, according to CNN.
4. Tamiflu – Tamiflu, an antiviral medication, is used to treat influenza.
There has been an increased demand for the drug because of the sharp increase in flu cases this season.
How to cope if you are affected by a drug shortage
Doctors strongly urge that you do not stop taking a medication unexpectedly before you are cleared to do so. The may be detrimental side effects from the drug withdrawal.
This is why if you have a prescribed medication that is in short supply, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist about substituting it for a different prescription.