Have you been by the pharmacy lately? You may have noticed that some things are in short supply. I was grabbing some Advil at Target the other day and it was obvious how empty the shelves were especially with cold and flu medicines. And as we in the Northern Hemisphere are deep into cold and flu season, and Omicron is still rampant, there truly is a shortage of OTC medications.

The effects can be seen across the Charlotte region and the country. Some of it is due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic (I can’t wait till I don’t have to say that anymore), but some of it is just due to the season we are in. Medications to address things like allergies, sore throats, cough, and fever are in high demand. Some people need it, but others are stocking up just in case the time comes.

But supply chain issues are also partly to blame for the shortage of OTC medications. It’s not just from the manufacturers, some of them are struggling to get necessary ingredients especially when they need to be imported. Staffing issues across industries are also driving the shortages.


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