North Fulton County

Critical shortage in children’s antibiotic causing concern for metro pediatricians, parents

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga — A critical shortage of antibiotic Amoxicillin is affecting kids, parents and pediatric practices across the metro Atlanta area.

Channel 2′s Tom Regan was in North Fulton County on Tuesday, where he learned more about this shortage.

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For weeks now, pediatric hospitals in metro Atlanta have reported hours-long waits and packed emergency rooms, affecting children suffering from respiratory illness and the flu.

Now, a shortage of one form of Amoxicillin has posed a huge challenge for parents and doctors.

“This medication is primarily used for ear infections and strep throat. It is very effective with both of these conditions,” April Murphy of the Roswell Pediatric Center said.


Murphy says the scarcity is posing a challenge. CVS is among the large drug store chains facing a shortage of the drug.

“It’s more than one phone call to the parents, more than one phone call to the pharmacies to find something, then we have to get the doctors involved,” Murphy said.

Liquid Amoxicillin is made from a powdered form of the drug, and doctors often prescribe it to children because it tastes like bubble gum.

The shortage is attributed to supply chain issues, scarcity of materials and increased demand.

Drug store chains hope to increase their supply in the weeks ahead.

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