Since earlier this year, supplies of various formats of non-prescription pediatric/infant and children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen products have been limited in retail and pharmacy locations and hospitals across Canada. This shortage is due to unprecedented demand. These products are essential for families, caregivers, and health care professionals to reduce fever and pain in children.
Today, the government announced that a foreign supply of children’s acetaminophen has been secured and that products will be available for sale at retail and in community pharmacies in the coming weeks. The amount to be imported will increase supply available to consumers and will help address the immediate situation.
Health Canada has confirmed that these imported products have been manufactured according to the same high quality standards the people of Canada expect and that these products have been reviewed and found to be safe and effective.
To further increase supply, Health Canada also recently approved the exceptional importation of infant and children’s ibuprofen and acetaminophen to supply hospitals in Canada. The importation of ibuprofen has occurred, and distribution has begun.
During this period of short supply, Canadians are asked to buy only what they need, so that other parents and caregivers can access this medication for children in need.
While distribution begins, if you cannot find infant or children’s fever and pain medication that you need, you can speak to the pharmacist about available alternatives. Do not use adult fever and pain medications on children under 12 years of age unless you consult with a health care professional.
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