As reported in the national media, there is an ongoing shortage of commercial non-prescription acetaminophen and ibuprofen products. Both are effective medications for pain and fever relief that can be used in infants and youth.
The shortage is due to an unprecedented demand related to spikes in various respiratory illnesses. Although production and distribution have increased, it may take several months to return to normal supply levels. As part of several actions to address the situation, Health Canada has announced that imported supplies will be available in pharmacies to help build up the supply.
First Nations Health Benefits and Services has enabled temporary coverage of compounded liquid acetaminophen and ibuprofen products for families with young children in need of these medications.
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First Nations Health Benefits and Services
FNHA has enabled temporary coverage of compounded acetaminophen and ibuprofen:
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