Keep yourself and family healthy during unprecedented demand for cough and cold medications

January 3, 2023 Media Releases

With limited supply of cough and cold medications in some parts of Canada, it's important to take additional measures to keep you and your family safe, says the BC Pharmacy Association. 

“This season, we have seen a surge in respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, influenza and RSV. It’s even more important now, when supplies of cough and cold medications are limited, to do everything we can to keep ourselves safe,” says Chris Chiew, President of the BC Pharmacy Association.

“During the pandemic, many of us learned how to take precautions against getting sick. This includes frequent hand washing, wearing masks, staying home when sick, keeping two meters apart, and getting your flu and COVID-19 booster shots.” 

Despite many of the pandemic restrictions being lifted in B.C., voluntarily adopting these precautions can help fight the spread of this season’s respiratory illnesses and keep you safe. 

Currently demand continues to be high for both adult and children’s cough and cold medications across Canada. There has been a significant demand for these medications since spring 2022. B.C. community pharmacies are doing their best to make sure they can provide medications to those in need. That means asking British Columbians to only purchase products they need. 

Pharmacies may also be able to compound products, depending on supply. 

For more information, please refer to Health Canada’s website at Infant and children's acetaminophen and ibuprofen shortage -