Children’s Nurofen and Ibalgin are missing from pharmacies. The outage will last several weeks

He justified the problems by saying that the demand for Ibalgin Baby increased in the summer due to seasonal illnesses in children, which caused an insufficient capacity of production plants in Europe. According to the spokeswoman of the State Institute for Drug Control, Klára Brunclíková, the supply of various types of these drugs should be restored between September and November (more details in the table). He agrees with pharmacists that Paralen or Panadol with the active ingredient Paracetamol are an alternative to children’s Ibalgin or Nurofen.

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These preparations, as Adam Socha, head of Prague’s BENU pharmacy in the Europark shopping center, told Deník, are still available. “However, there are also shortages in suppliers’ warehouse stocks,” he said.

Brunclíková added that the interruption of supplies affects paralene suppositories and syrups. “For these suppositories, they should be renewed in the foreseeable future,” she told Deník. Syrups with Paracetamol should be here again on October 10.

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But pharmacists offer alternatives. Paracetamol-based syrups, the preparation of which does not require a doctor’s prescription, can be mixed in the laboratory of the pharmacy network Dr. Max. “We also have our own brand of Ibuprofen Baby Dr syrup in stock. Max and we are also able to provide laboratory-prepared suppositories,” network spokesman Michal Petrov told Deník. They also have Panadol suppositories for children and Paralen Baby in tablets. In some pharmacies of this chain, there is even children’s Ibalgin, but it runs out quickly.

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The outage also affected the online pharmacy Lékárna.cz. “As one of the few, we still have stocks of syrup with Ibuprofen, we sell dozens of it every day,” Romana Žatecká, the spokeswoman for this pharmacy, told Deník. “We have preparations with Paracetamol in the form of suppositories, syrups and tablets,” she added. In their online consultation, pharmacists answer approximately ten questions on the given topic every day. In addition to medicines, people are also advised to reduce children’s fever with, for example, cold compresses.

Expected dates for resumption of supplies:

Name of the medicinal product Name extension Estimated renewal date
IBALGIN BABY 20MG/ML POR SUS 100ML 3/10/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN 20MG/ML POR SUS 100ML II First half of 09/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN 20MG/ML POR SUS 200ML II Second half of 11/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN ACTIVE 100MG POR TBL DIS 12 First half of 09/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN ORANGE 40MG/ML POR SUS 100ML Second half of 09/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN STRAWBERRY 40MG/ML POR SUS 100ML Second half of 10/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN 60MG SUP 10 Half 10/2022
NUROFEN FOR CHILDREN SUPPLIERS 125 MG 125MG SUP 10 Start 09/2022

*With the medicinal substance Ibuprofen (for pediatric patients), for example, the medicinal product IBUPROFEN DR. should be available on the market at the moment. MAX (100MG/5ML POR SUS 1X100ML) or NUROFEN JUNIOR ORANGE (100MG CPS MDM 12).

Source: SÚKL

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