Due to delivery bottlenecks, some medicines are currently in short supply in pharmacies. This applies in particular to painkillers and children’s nasal sprays. The first pharmaceutical company has now canceled orders for medical products for the cold season.

If you are currently ill or have a child with a cold, it is better to stock up on a whole arsenal of apples and leg wraps, because due to shortages in the supply of medicines, pharmacies are currently unable to offer certain medicines. This applies to painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol as well as painkillers or fever juices that contain the same active ingredients. From autumn, children’s nasal sprays with the decongestant xylometazoline will probably also be scarce.

The parent company of Ratiopharm, Teva, has meanwhile given up hope that the demand can still be met – and without further ado canceled all orders from pharmacies for nasal spray Ratiopharm children for the cold season.

According to “Apotheke Adhoc”, in a customer letter to the pharmacies, Teva regretted the supply bottlenecks that occurred with the children’s nasal spray, “which are due to an unexpected and greatly increased demand in the market”. The problem is intensified because the active ingredient is manufactured in India and China in particular. The stocks are currently empty. It is still uncertain when the shelves will be filled again, but production is ongoing. To deal with the problem, the pharmaceutical company would also hire more specialists.

For pharmacists and customers, the delivery bottlenecks and the associated canceled orders are equally annoying. In particular, nasal sprays and fever juices with ibuprofen or paracetamol are a classic for children with colds, a pharmacy owner complains in an interview with “Apotheke Adhoc”. “None of the three items are available,” he said.

Margit Schlenk, spokeswoman for the Nuremberg pharmacists, described the situation in an interview with the “Nürnberger Nachrichten” as “dramatic”. She predicts that the situation will soon become “even worse”. Despite the bottlenecks, she recommends that patients who need medicines that are currently not available go to the pharmacy. They will try to solve the problem, for example by producing their own medicines. In addition, pharmacists could also exchange medicines with each other in consultation with doctors. “We don’t leave our patients alone,” says Schlenk.

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