Schumer is asking the FDA to take action on the shortage of drugs for children

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday sounded alarm bells about the shortage of children’s drugs on drugstore shelves — and urged the FDA to take action on the troubling shortage.

During a press conference in Manhattan, the New York Democrat said there are “punctual shortages” of children’s basic needs across the region, including Tylenol, Robitussin and ibuprofen amid a tridemic of viruses across the country.

“It’s easier to get some of the hottest toys than it is to get these things,” Schumer said a week before Christmas.

“Today I am asking … the Federal Drug Administration to investigate the shortages and consider several actions to reduce these shortages,” Schumer said. “These bottlenecks are temporary; there are bottlenecks in the supply chain, but we need to alleviate them.”

He said the basic drugs are hard to find because three viruses — COVID, the flu and RSV — hit New York at the same time, noting that parents in NYC and Long Island are struggling to get what their kids need .

“Local bottlenecks are becoming serious concerns for parents and caregivers, so we are asking the FDA to investigate the issues at the local and national levels and determine what official action it will take,” Schumer said.

Shown are rows of over-the-counter medications
The area lacks several common children’s medications, Schumer says.
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Schumer’s office suggested that the FDA could expedite import approvals for foreign manufacturers and work closely with industry to pinpoint basic shortages of chemicals and materials that go into making the drugs while pinpointing national and local shortages.

His office also said the FDA should investigate licensing new companies to manufacture the drugs under strict safety conditions.

A Manhattan mother called the situation “scary” and compared the search for the over-the-counter drugs to a scavenger hunt.

Marisa Dan, who has a 10-month-old daughter, said she checked Target and CVS — and even reached out to her Long Island parents for help.

“I’ve looked online and it’s nowhere to be found,” she said during the press conference. “So I don’t know what I’m going to do. You know, when I need Tylenol, I have to ask friends for help, I have to call the doctor’s office. Its scary.”

She said that the problem of getting her baby’s basics ready is a recurring one and that it adds to her growing frustration.

“We shouldn’t go on a scavenger hunt just to meet our child’s basic needs, find formula, find Tylenol for kids. It shouldn’t be that hard,” Dan said. Schumer is asking the FDA to take action on the shortage of drugs for children


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