Federal Health Minister Says One Million Units of Imported Children’s Painkillers Begin to Hit Pharmacy Shelves

Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the previously announced one million units of imported painkillers for children were starting to hit pharmacy shelves.

Meanwhile, Duclos says another 500,000 foreign units have been ordered and are expected over the next few weeks.

He says a separate shipment of children’s painkillers from Australia is heading to hospitals.

Across Canada, parents are scrambling to manage their children’s fever and pain as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and flu rates soar amid severe shortages of pediatric acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

At a health press conference this morning, Duclos said that in addition to emergency imports, domestic production had increased over the past month.

He says more than 1.1 million units of Advil children’s products were manufactured by Canadian companies in November alone.

“In some places, the shelves already show the units received. In other places it could take about an extra day,” Duclos said.

“We anticipate that next week the availability of these doses will be quite clear on the shelves of community pharmacies across the country.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 25, 2022.

This story has been produced with the financial assistance of the Canadian Medical Association.

The Canadian Press


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