Amoxicillin shortage amid increasing demand

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — The latest shortage in the United States heading into cold and flu season: a type of amoxicillin commonly used for children.

Paul Capuano, with JB Compounding Pharmacy in Warwick, said they’re seeing the demand begin to rise — especially during a year where illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus and the flu are already higher than normal.

Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is the smaller dose used for pediatric patients- for things as common as ear infections.

Capuano said the capsule form of amoxicillin is not seeing a shortage.

That’s where a compounding pharmacy like JB Compounding Pharmacy can come in and make the needed prescription for the patient.

“If a prescription is needed and we know there’s a shortage, we can then compound it. It’s ready typically in 24-hour turnaround, but in a case of an antibiotic that’s an easy compound we could have it ready the same day,” Capuano said.

Tamiful is another medicine that’s seeing a shortage across the country.

Prescription fills for the Tamiflu are at a 10-year high for this time of year, according to

The United States Food and Drug Administration has not said how long this shortage could last. To learn more, click here.

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