For about six weeks, there has been almost no fever juice for children in the pharmacies in the Palatinate. And there is no end in sight, explains the Rheinland-Pfalz Association of Pharmacists.
Elke Koch-Böhn, owner of the Robert Koch pharmacy in Ludwigshafen, is angry. She considers it a disaster that there is no pain and fever medicine for small children in a country like Germany. Of course the lack has economic reasons, but the victims are the children. “We often have customers on night shift who come straight from the hospital to get the fever syrup,” says the pharmacist. “When I tell them we don’t have one, they can hardly believe it!”
As reported by the German pharmacy association ABDA, fever juices are particularly popular among parents of sick children because they can be swallowed by children without any problems.
Despite the Corona wave: the market for ibuprofen juice has been grazed
The market for ibuprofen or paracetamol juice was “grazed”. The pharmacist explains that you can’t get anything as far as Frankfurt. Only a few pharmacies still have a few remaining stocks. The Rhineland-Palatinate Association of Pharmacists also confirms the acute shortage of fever juice for children. Peter Schreiber, managing director of the association in Mainz, told SWR that the situation had worsened. And this medicine shortage is different from the previous ones. With other medicines, you can often switch to other manufacturers, this is not the case with children’s fever juice.
Ibupoven Juice: The raw materials for production are missing
According to the association, the health insurance companies only have a contract with one manufacturer – naturally with the cheapest one. This one produces in China and India and has problems getting the raw materials for the production of fever juice. According to Peter Schreiber, both ibuprofen and paracetamol juice are hardly available. And the delivery problem is not only nationwide, but even all of Europe and leads to extreme uncertainty among customers.
No production in Germany
Pharmacist Dr. Klaus Peter Trimborn from the Nibelungen pharmacy in Ludwigshafen felt every day. “The customers have no understanding of the shortage and consider us incompetent. It’s all extremely unfortunate,” explains the former clinic doctor and pharmacist trying in every way to get hold of the coveted juice, trying to order it themselves via internet pharmacies or order it directly from the manufacturer – the effort is enormous with very little success, says the pharmacist from Ludwigshafen.
Producing juice yourself in Ludwigshafen – too complex and too expensive
His pharmacy does not make the juice itself. It is simply too complicated and too expensive. Health insurance companies wouldn’t cover it. And it is also difficult to get access to the raw materials. The juice must be preserved, and it must be ensured that no bacterial contamination occurs during production – a complicated task.
The Federal Institute for Drugs currently plans to produce the juice in pharmacies only in individual cases. The institute explains the shortfall with an extraordinary demand in 2022 that cannot be explained. Only if this shortage cannot be remedied in the foreseeable future will there be a recommendation for large-scale production of the juice in the pharmacies themselves. However, this recommendation has not yet been issued. Fever juice for children will remain in short supply for now.
Pharmacies from Landau recommend: Dissolve ibuprofen tablets
But what to do if the toddler has a fever? As Markus Moser from Adler Apotheke in Landau explains, there are alternatives – in the form of suppositories. As an alternative to medicine, there is also the option of putting lukewarm compresses or washcloths on the forehead and drinking a lot.