Local pharmacies assist national chains with shortage of common antibiotic for children

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — A drug commonly used to treat bacterial infections in children is in short supply.

Three of the top four makers of the antibiotic Amoxicillin are facing supply shortages across the country.

Amoxicillin is prescribed for many illnesses, including ear and throat infections, and it comes in several forms.

The shortage is mainly in the liquid form of the drug, which is commonly used for children.

Shortages are more common in national chains like CVS, and local pharmacies have more of a supply.

Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy in Johnston, said national chains looked to them to help fill prescriptions.

“What we do at the local level is buy more than what we need. We have a lot of suppliers here. We have a lot more access to than the national chains. We call the CVS’s and let them know that they’re more than welcome to send the prescriptions here if they need to,” Akbar said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the agency is aware of the shortage and are currently working with manufacturers to address the issue.

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