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01/20/2023

Retailers remove online-only purchase limits of OTC pediatric fever-reducing products

Walgreens and Rite Aid have removed online purchase limits of OTC pediatric fever reducing products, while CVS currently has a two product limit on all children’s pain relief products at all locations and online.
Sandra Levy
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Following an announcement early this week by Walgreens that it was lifting its limits on online purchases of OTC children's pain relief products, Rite Aid announced it has lifted its limits of these products online as well.

A Rite Aid spokesperson told Drug Store News, “We never had in-store limits but have lifted our limits of these products online.”

In late December, CVS and Rite Aid instituted product limits as cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV ticked up, amid a scarcity of OTC children’s pain relief products at certain retail locations.

[Read more: Retailers limiting children’s OTC pain relief products]

Citing improved in-stock conditions of these OTC products, Walgreens issued the following statement: "Walgreens has worked diligently with our suppliers to ensure we have enough supply to meet customer demand nationwide. This was originally put in place to prevent excess purchasing behavior. For customers looking for items, our website updates with the latest available store inventory information frequently throughout the day. Additionally, Walgreens same day delivery and pickup provide contactless options for receiving products."

Walgreens noted that it previously only had online purchase limits of these products in place, and has not had in-store purchase limits.

Meanwhile, CVS has not lifted its purchase limits on children's pain relief products.

[Read more: Walgreens offering flu, COVID-19 testing in single visit at over 5,000 locations]

A CVS spokesperson told DSN, "To ensure equitable access for all our customers, there is currently a two (2) product limit on all children’s pain relief products at all CVS Pharmacy locations and cvs.com. We’re committed to meeting our customers’ needs and are working with our suppliers to ensure continued access to these items."

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