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Drug shortages could get worse in N.L.

from CBC News

Cold and flu season has arrived, but some over-the-counter remedies are in short supply in this province. Products like NeoCitran and Buckley's cough syrup are absent from many pharmacy shelves. "Probably a couple of months now, I think, it's been out from the manufacturer," said Stephanie Freake, who works at a pharmacy on Topsail Rd in St. John's. The Secretary-Registrar of the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board Don Rowe says in this particular case, the shortage stems from quality control issues which led the US Food and Drug Administration to stop production at the Nebraska-based factory that supplies these products to all of Canada. more

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