US pharmacies are reporting shortages of amoxicillin, a basic, wide-spectrum antibiotic used by pediatricians and internists nationwide.
Supplies of the antibiotic have been slowly dwindling for weeks, according to reports by NBC News and other news outlets.
Amoxicillin is used to treat ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, among other bacterial infections.
Three producers of the medication, including Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, UK-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Switzerland’s Sandoz have reported shortages, according to the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.
Capsules, chewable tablets and powder for oral suspension (liquid) are all affected by the shortage.
It’s not yet clear what is causing the shortage, nor is it clear how long it might last. But what is very clear is the fact that doctors will face a major challenge in treating their patients this winter if the shortage is not remedied, soon.