Walgreens is removing online purchase limits for childhood fever drugs


After weeks of high demand that stretched supply, Walgreens lifted its online purchase limits for pain and fever-reducing drugs for children Monday morning, spokesperson Zoe Krey told CNN.

Walgreens only had limits on drugs purchased online. It had no limits on drugs bought from stores.

“So currently we don’t have purchase limits, both in-store and online,” Krey said.

The change comes after the high demand for pain and fever medication for children led some stores, including CVS and Rite Aid, to limit their purchases. A relentless respiratory virus season drove sales of children’s medicines to treat pain and fever up to 65% higher than the year before.

CVS told CNN on Monday that there is currently a two-product limit on all pain relief products for children in its stores and online. A spokesperson for the chain said the limits were in place “to ensure fair access for all our customers,” and said CVS was working with its suppliers to ensure continued access to the items.

CNN has also contacted Rite Aid for comment.

Last month, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents makers of over-the-counter drugs, said manufacturers were working 24/7 to deliver more drugs to stores, but there was no timeline for when supply could catch up with demand.

Since then, flu and RSV activity in the US has peaked, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of Covid-19 cases is still increasing.

Still, activity of flu and other respiratory viruses remains “high” or “very high” in about half of the states, according to CDC data updated Friday, and the U.S. continues to contend with multiple respiratory viruses circulating at high levels.

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