Chain drug stores and the US administrative agencies are doing everything they can to relieve shortages of facemasks, hand sanitizers, and other goods as customers rush to buy stocks due to coronavirus infection 2019 (COVID-19) worries.
The agency is incompetent to reveal the medicine without the manufacturer’s support because doing so would show the location of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) reference that the manufacturer uses, Michael Ganio, PharmD, FASHP, Director of Pharmacy Practice. “This data is deemed proprietary. Nevertheless, the medication is previously on the FDA drug shortages list, and the FDA has remarked that the sufferers might use options therapies.”
At the same time, news rumors say that hand sanitizers and facemasks have been practically stripped from store racks and that Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers’ web sites are going out of affordable hand sanitizers. Medical mask businesses rose to 319%, and hand sanitizer sales rose to 73% for the four weeks leading up to February 22, according to Nielsen data, CNBC reported.
Government Authorities Checkings
Kroger is checking how many cold and flu-related results—along with sanitizers—that its clients can buy.
“Due to high demand and to support all customers, we will be limiting the number of sanitization, cold and flu-related products to 5 each per order,” Kroger announced on its website. The system applies to Kroger’s e-commerce orders only.
NACDS chain segments are “working jointly with suppliers to manage these situations to meet the needs of customers best, and to consider alternatives when appropriate,” the company announced in a statement while declining to provide specifics on items that are in short supply.3
“NACDS recognizes the efforts of government authorities to help inform the public about the nature of COVID-19 and what it means for some of the product-supply states that have arisen, especially on facemasks,” NACDS stated.
According to NACDS, the CDC was especially helpful when it announced, “CDC does not recommend that people who are well wearing a facemask to defend themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
Face masks should be employed by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help stop the spread of the virus to others. The use of facemasks is also important for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).”
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued related leadership in a tweet last week, noting,” They [facemasks] are NOT effective in preventing the general public from catching Coronavirus. Still, if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”.
Meanwhile, NACDS said that Americans trust pharmacies and pharmacists for information about medications, and about other issues of health and wellness.
“The public appreciates the convenience of drugstores and pharmacologists and recognizes drugstores and pharmacists have been there for them before,” NACDS stated.
During the H1N1 flu outbreak a decade ago, “customers and authorities alike really came to appreciate the ability of apothecaries to serve as highly available sources for protection,” NACDS said. “They also have apprehended in recent years the ability of pharmacies and pharmacists to help provide hard-to-find medicines such as those used to treat the symptoms of the flu. Drugstores also are known for their commitment amid natural disasters, from hurricanes to wildfires.”