Following the issues with the supply chain and other events around the world, several US stores are starting to implement rationing of products like baby formula for its customers. Walgreens is the latest pharmacy store to implement rationing after CVS was the first store to ration products.
Walgreens will start allowing only two purchases of baby formula products to combat the shortages throughout the country. The shortages come as several baby formula products had been recalled throughout the US in the last year.
The shortages come as the US and other Western countries have been hit by the China-created coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted supply chains in the US and around the world. In an interview with the Daily Mail, a spokesperson for Walgreens said the shortages and rationing have been caused by “increased demand and various supplier issues (aka supply chain issues.).”
“We’ve tried all the local targets. We checked Costco, Costco online, Walgreens, Long’s,” San Francisco resident Irene Anhoeck said in an interview with CBS. “We can’t find it anywhere.”
Other factors like severe weather throughout the South, which has seen an uptick in Tornado activity this spring season, have also affected deliveries.
Abbott, which is a major manufacturer of baby formula out of Michigan, was hit by a recall this year after its Similac products were possibly infected with cronobacter sakazakii, a bacteria harmful with potentially deadly results if infants take the formula.
Similac is a major contributor to the supply chain of baby formula.
Southern States have been hit the hardest by the shortages along with several states scattered across the US
A study done by Database found 11,000 stores across the US were out of baby formula as of March 13.
“This is a shocking number that you don’t see for other categories,” database CEO Ben Reich told CBS. “We’ve been tracking it over time, and it’s going up dramatically. We see this category is being affected by economic conditions, more dramatically than others.”
Baby formula is one of several products that has been affected by the supply chain interruption with products being delayed for production or shipment due to a lack of workers or material or a combination of both. The shortage is only expected to continue, as new Covid variants are being discovered every couple of months, and the US and other countries have seen an uptick in the virus.