Drug shortage worries New York moms amid tridemics

NEW YORK (PIX11) – The phrase tridemic is becoming a daily part of our language as cases of COVID, RSV and influenza continue to rise at the same time.

It’s especially scary for parents who struggle to get medicine for their young children. Mum Jennifer Maggio said she watched in anguish as her one-year-old son Salvatore suffered from an ear infection.

“It’s frustrating, especially because there’s nothing you can do to help your child,” Maggio said.

For four days, Maggio and her son’s pediatrician tried to find an antibiotic. They couldn’t find a single pharmacy that had it in stock.

Mom Marisa Dan had the same problem trying to get children’s Tylenol for her daughter.

“I looked at Target, CVS. I asked my parents who live on Long Island if they could help me,” she said. “I looked online and he’s nowhere to be found. So I don’t know what I’ll do, you know, if I need Tylenol.

They are among the growing number of parents who are struggling with the current shortage of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, such as Tylenol, Robitussin, Ibuprofen and Motrin, due to supply chain issues. Inventory is down nationwide, especially for infant and child formula.

These drugs are even harder to find in the New York area. The shortage comes as the region experiences a simultaneous spike in influenza, RSV and COVID.

“It’s easier to get one of the hottest toys than to get these things,” said Sen. Charles Schumer.

Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling on the US Food and Drug Administration to act before the temporary shortage turns into a major medical crisis.

“They have the power to get the drugs from abroad and bring them here, to license new businesses and to investigate choke points and find them,” Schumer said.

Mums with PIX11 say they are worried the shortage will occur as the weather gets colder. Marisa Dan said she was getting flashbacks of the nationwide formula shortage earlier this year.

“Parents deserve better. We shouldn’t go on a scavenger hunt just to meet our child’s basic needs, to find formulas, to find Tylenol and it goes on and on,” Dan added.

Senator Schumer also said the FDA should look at both the shortage of drugs but also the chemicals used to make the drugs, which are also in short supply.

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