After weeks of high demand that stretched supply, Walgreens removed its online shopping limits for children’s painkillers and fever relievers on Monday morning, spokeswoman Zoe Krey told CNN.
Walgreens only had limits in place on drugs purchased online. There were no limits on drugs purchased from stores.
“So right now we don’t have any in-store or online purchase limits,” Krey said.
The change comes after high demand for children’s pain and fever medication led some stores, including CVS and Rite Aid, to limit purchases. A brutal respiratory virus season fueled sales of children’s drugs to treat pain and fever 65% more than typical the previous year.
CVS told CNN on Monday that there is currently a two-product limit on all children’s pain relief products in its stores and online. A spokesperson for the chain said the limits were in place “to ensure fair access to all of our customers”, and said CVS was working with its suppliers to ensure continued access to the items.
CNN has also reached out to Rite Aid for comment.
Last month, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents over-the-counter drug makers, said manufacturers were working 24/7 to get more drugs to stores, but there was no timeline. for when supply might catch up with demand.
Since then, influenza and RSV activity has peaked in the United States, according to data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Covid-19 cases are still on the rise.
Still, activity of influenza and other respiratory viruses remains “high” or “very high” in about half of the states, according to CDC data updated Friday, and the United States continues to face multiple respiratory viruses circulating at high levels.