Walgreens removes restrictions on children’s fever medicines

Walgreens and CVS Health said last month they were restricting the purchase of some over-the-counter children’s medicines due to supply issues.

WASHINGTON. Walgreens has lifted recently imposed restrictions on online purchases of over-the-counter children’s antipyretics.

The pharmacy chain said the improved supply allowed it to remove the six-product limit. The company has not set any restrictions on in-store purchases.

Last month, both Walgreens and CVS Health restricted the purchase of some over-the-counter children’s medicines, citing supply issues. CVS Health has placed a two-product limit on all pediatric pain medications purchased at its pharmacies or online.

A CVS Health spokeswoman said on Tuesday that restrictions on certain children’s medications remain in place. She did not give a time frame for when this might end.

The unusually quick start to the annual U.S. flu season, as well as a surge in other respiratory illnesses, has sparked a surge in demand for fever-reducing and other products that people can buy over the counter.

There have been shortages of medicines, such as children’s Tylenol, to varying degrees across the country, and sometimes even within individual communities.

Experts monitoring drug shortages said in December that the problem could persist through the winter cold and flu season. But they noted that this should not last as long as other recent shortages of infant formula or prescription drugs.

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