Sen. Ossoff pushes for answers on lack of children’s medication on shelves of
local retailers in Georgia
Experts report that most children with respiratory illnesses can be remedied with at-home treatments
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is demanding answers from three pharmaceutical companies on the shortage of over-the-counter children’s pain and fever-reducing medications.
This week, Sen. Ossoff launched inquiries with GlaxoSmithKline (Haleon), Johnson & Johnson, and Perrigo on the shortage of over-the-counter children and infant’s medicine in Georgia — calling for a swift remedy to the shelving shortages across Georgia and nationwide.
According to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, parents in metro Atlanta are struggling to find cold and flu medication for their children, and some pharmacy chains are still limiting purchases on these important products.
“It is extremely scary for a parent to hold a sick child, unable to provide the medicine that child needs to feel better or lower a fever,” Sen. Ossoff said. “I write to inquire regarding continuing reports that Georgia’s parents and guardians are having a hard time finding children’s over-the-counter pain and fever-reducing medications amidst this winter’s spike in viral infections.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that most children with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu, and other respiratory illnesses can be treated and managed at home, making it essential for families to be able to buy children’s medication.
This is the latest in Sen. Ossoff’s work to protect children and families across Georgia.
Last month, following reports about lead contamination risks in children’s sippy cups, Sen. Ossoff fought for answers on the health risks posed by the contamination and how to ensure the safety of child drinking cups moving forward.
Last year, Sens. Ossoff and Warnock also helped secured a major $300 million investment into the Augusta University and Grady Health Systems to improve maternal and pediatric health careaccess for families across the state.
Click here to read Sen. Ossoff’s letters to the three companies.