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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pharmacy FAQ

March 5, 2020

As more and more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) surfaces, we are seeing an increase in questions from our patients and their families. The Children’s Mercy Pharmacy has compiled a list of questions they have received to help address concerns related to medication.

Is the medication we give kids coming from China?


  • Is it safe/infected with the virus?

  • Can I give it to my child without worry?

Medications or their ingredients may come from China. It is important to know that the virus is NOT transmitted by taking medications. If your child has been taking medication as prescribed by their provider, it is still safe to continue.

If there is a shortage of medication, what will you do?

The Children’s Mercy Pharmacy team monitors for medication shortages frequently. If there is a shortage, the team will work in conjunction with the providers to find an appropriate alternative. Information on current shortages can be found on the FDA website.

Do we have enough supplies to treat my child when they get the COVID-19 virus?

Children’s Mercy currently is monitoring supplies and our team continues to work closely with public health agencies, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a reminder, the best thing you can do to prevent COVID-19 infection and spreading the virus is to wash your hands frequently.