A local pharmacist talks about a shortage of over-the-counter drugs and antibiotics

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Steve Gabell says there isn’t enough liquid Tylenol or Advil to go around.

Gabell, a pharmacist and president of the local Green Party of Ontario constituency office, says medication is “almost impossible” for people due to a shortage.

“We get deliveries and they disappear almost as soon as they arrive,” Gabell says. Other drugs affected by the shortage include antibiotics like amoxicillin, which is frequently prescribed to children to treat infections.

Gabell calls this out-of-stock drug a “nightmare scenario.”

“If it continues to be out of stock, it will have a ripple effect on other antibiotics,” he explains, “and we see so much disease in children right now, so as a pharmacist and a parent of a two year old myself, I am very worried about what this winter will bring.

Gabell says he thinks the government reintroducing mask mandates would help ease the shortage for hospitals and the healthcare system.

“Wear a mask,” he says. “If you are in an indoor environment, wear a mask. Encourage all your friends and family to wear a mask. I know it might not be the easiest thing for kids in school, with peer pressure and other people not wearing masks, but if you have kids in high school or older young people, make them wear a mask at school.

He also urges all eligible people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu. You can visit the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit website to learn more about the two diseases.

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