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>> Common children’s medicines in short supply

>> At risk for a new psychiatric diagnosis

>> After FDA decision, pharmacists decide on mifepristone

The Med & Mic™ 01.06.23

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Shortage of Children’s Tylenol and Motrin

Unprecedented demand has made Children's Tylenol and Motrin scarce. An early and severe flu season, along with RSV and COVID, has pushed an unexpectedly high demand for these pediatric fever and pain remedies. Sales were up 65% in November 2022 compared to November 2021. Production is up 35-50% compared to the same time last year. Some parents have tried other fever-breakers, such as sponge baths, or they’ve taken their children to the emergency department. Some pharmacies are rationing their supplies. (Source: Axios, T. Reed, 1.5.23)

New Psychiatric Disorder in Spouses of People with Cancer

Spouses of people battling cancer are at higher risk for a new psychiatric disorder, such as depression, substance abuse disorder, and stress-related disorders. Researchers looked at more than 3 million people in Denmark and Sweden over eight years. The increased risk of a first-onset psychiatric disorder was most notable during the first year following a cancer diagnosis. The risk was higher if the spouse had a cancer with a poorer prognosis, such as esophageal, lung, or pancreatic cancer. Also, the risk was more pronounced in surviving male spouses or if the spouse died. (Source: MedPage Today, K. Monaco, 1.5.23)

Pharmacies Weigh Dispensing Mifepristone

Pharmacies across the country are considering whether they will dispense mifepristone, a medication used for medical abortions. Earlier this week the FDA gave pharmacies the green light to sell the medicine. The decisions of individual pharmacies are based on whether they are located in a state that bans or restricts abortion, or on local culture and attitudes and their own personal beliefs. Pharmacists in states restricting abortion could face legal risks and lose their licenses. In states where abortion is legal, some pharmacists see their role as helping people safely and effectively use medication. (Source: Reuters, A. Aboulenein, G. Borter, M. Erman, 1.6.23)

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