Drugmakers have said they can fulfill their preplanned orders for the medicine but are struggling to meet the increased demand. Some said they were looking at whether they could increase production, though that can’t happen instantaneously.

What can we do about this shortage?

There are a few things you can do if you find yourself needing pediatric amoxicillin.

Get a written prescription from the doctor. If you have a written prescription, you can shop around at various pharmacies instead of having to get the doctor’s office to call it in to multiple different locations. This will save you time and frustration.

Call ahead. If you need to fill a prescription, call the pharmacy to make sure they have it in stock. It might be worth paying over the phone to secure your prescription.

Consider prepping for a wider antibiotic shortage. Check out the book Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease for Austere Conditions and look into fish antibiotics.

Have you seen evidence of this shortage?

These days, and after the past two years in particular, I find it difficult to trust anyone who says “Don’t worry, it’s no big deal. This is just a short-term issue.” Hopefully this is a minor blip on the radar, but it could also foreshadow worse things to come.

Is this happening locally where you are? Have you been able to acquire the needed medications? Do you think this will become a crisis? Why or why not?