Simply as chilly and flu season arrives, many Vancouver Island residents are noticing drugs cabinets at pharmacies are naked, particularly for gadgets like child’s cough drugs.

It is an issue that is being felt throughout the area.

At Fort Royal Pharmacy in Victoria, buyers instructed CTV Information they have been careworn concerning the scenario.

“Persons are involved, like how and when [they can get some] as a result of flu season is arising,” mentioned Vik Dawa, a pharmacist on the retailer.

In Colwood, B.C., the Individuals’s Pharmacy has been working low on kids’s liquid drugs for almost a yr, and now it is inventory is nearly fully empty.

“They’re misplaced, they’re confused. A few of them do not know concerning the scarcity they usually’re simply coming in to purchase children Tylenol and it is the sixth or seventh pharmacy that they’ve visited,” mentioned pharmacist Yoshi Ito.

Pharmacist Vik Dawa is pictured at Fort Royal Pharmacy in Victoria. (CTV Information)

CTV Information confirmed with eight impartial pharmacies within the area that they are experiencing a scarcity of flu and chilly drugs, particularly for youngsters.

Giant franchises, like London Medicine and Buyers Drug Mart, are additionally being affected. Each chains are limiting the acquisition of some of these medicines to only one bottle per individual in southern Vancouver Island.

“With the excessive demand for chilly and flu merchandise, some elements of the nation may see extra restricted provide of sure merchandise,” mentioned London Medicine in a press release Monday.

“London Medicine will proceed do our greatest to make sure our cabinets are nicely stocked for the chilly and flu season, however ask prospects to not buy bigger portions than what they want, so that each one caregivers can entry what they want, once they want it.”


The B.C. authorities says provide chain points are accountable for the shortages, and says it underscores the significance of getting a COVID-19 and flu shot this yr.

“It is a provide chain subject at a producing stage, a nationwide stage, that have been going through,” mentioned B.C. Well being Minister Adrian Dix.

“We’re working with the federal authorities to enhance entry to those issues,” he mentioned.

Demand can also be excessive due to the onset of chilly and flu season, in addition to some folks self-medicating for fevers attributable to COVID-19. There’s additionally hypothesis that others are hoarding chilly drugs in anticipation of a protracted scarcity.


Within the meantime, consultants say there are options to getting chilly drugs for youths, similar to getting a pharmacist to compound a liquid model, although it is a extra expensive choice.

Individuals may seek the advice of a pharmacist or doctor about utilizing a smaller dose of grownup Tylenol for youths, however professionals emphasize getting knowledgeable recommendation earlier than doing that.

The BC Pharmacy Affiliation says new provides of medicine are coming in, “but it surely’s not coming in frequently.”

The group asks that individuals solely purchase what they want.

“Proper now my subsequent allotment of Tylenol, they are saying, is in December,” mentioned Ito from the Individuals’s Pharmacy. “However when that date comes it is most likely going to get pushed again once more.”