Health Canada has granted temporary exception to a clean medicine company to import limited amounts of kids’s pain and fever medication because the country continues to grapple with shortages.
The Kids’ Pain & Fever (acetaminophen 160mg per 5mL oral suspension) medication from Genexa shall be available on a “temporary basis” at major retailers across Canada, the corporate said in a press release Thursday.
“As the necessity for access to children’s medication increased in Canada, we were blissful to work with Health Canada to give you the chance to supply our Kids’ Pain and Fever medication to assist mitigate current shortages,” said David Johnson, Genexa’s CEO and Co-Founder.
The medication, which is being imported from the US, is supposed for youngsters aged 2-11 and shall be available at retailers including Walmart, Rexall, Costco, Sobeys and Loblaws, amongst others, based on the company.
“We’re committed to assisting our neighbours to the north and are continuing to work closely with Health Canada to realize long-term approval in addition to to introduce other formulations and products in Canada,” Johnson said.
The medication is supposed to temporarily reduce fever and supply a brief relief from a spread of cold and flu symptoms, based on the corporate’s statement. It comprises some inactive ingredients, including organic agave syrup, organic blueberry flavour, purified water, natural citric extract and natural flavour.
To find out availability in stores, the corporate suggested calling or checking stock online “as retailers are within the strategy of distributing the product to stores across Canada.”
Since last summer, Canada has been combating a shortage of kids’s medication. At the top of last month, Health Canada approved the “exceptional importation” of Turkish-authorized pediatric acetaminophen for Alberta.
Besides the imports Alberta brought in from Turkey, that is the primary product aside from Tylenol or Advil to be brought in to assist with the shortage, based on Health Canada’s import list.
As of Feb. 7, 2,430,322 units of kids’s pain and fever medication were imported into Canada for hospitals, community pharmacies and stores, according to the federal government from countries including the U.S. and Australia.
“This medication shortage is usually a distressing situation for fogeys and caregivers,” Health Canada says on its website but cautions against stockpiling.
“Only buy what you wish. We would like to make sure that that everybody has access to the medications they need,” the agency says.
The agency has also urged Canadians to make sure that that they will not be using expired products, picking the best medication for his or her child’s age and following the dosing information fastidiously for any product that they use.
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