Shortage of commonly used antibiotic reaches Texoma
CALERA, Okla. (KTEN) — Amoxicillin is used to treat a variety of symptoms, and it's a common antibiotic doctors turn to.
But the FDA says a shortage of the medicine is reaching across the U.S. and into Texoma.
"With the high occurrences of RSV that we're seeing this season, it's just inevitable that doctors are going to treat it with amoxicillin, and the liquid dosage forms are the ones that are running out," said Dr. Josiah Schomer with Gallipot Pharmacy in Calera. "So it's the pediatric dosage forms that we'd need to worry about."
Schomer explained that while there is a shortage, he's not too worried about being able to treat children, especially with so many alternatives available.
"Alternative might be cefalexin," said Schomer. "We could use Augmentin amoxicillin with clavulanate; there's Zithromax, there's lots of different ones we could use."
He said if there's an emergency, it's possible for a pharmacy to make a needed judgment call for what the child needs.
"This is a pretty robust class of pharmaceuticals that are not going to have any risk of not finding an alternative for a kid if they're sick," said Schomer.
Pharmacies are in a bit of a hurry to restock right now before the shortage causes any issues.