Infant milk formula is an essential item in any circumstance, however the shortage of prescription formula is concerning for babies and toddlers with special dietary requirements.
About six weeks ago Shepparton mother-of-two Tracey Forster was told by a local chemist that the prescription for her one-year-old son, Sonny, could not be filled due to a shortage of the formula in Australia.
‘‘I rang five other chemists in Shepparton until I found one that had it in stock,’’ Mrs Forster said.
Sonny is dairy protein and soy intolerant and therefore he can only tolerate Karicare Aptamil Pepti Junior Gold + formula.
Just last week Mrs Forster went to the same chemist where she found the prescription formula the previous time, however this time they had none in stock due to the Australia-wide shortage.
She purchased the formula from another chemist, which only had enough to fill one prescription.
‘‘It’s quite scary when you run out to get your baby’s formula and there’s none left in Australia.’’
Mrs Forster said she was more worried that the shortage would cause problems for parents in Shepparton who have young babies with dietary requirements and which were unable to consume anything other than milk.
‘‘Sonny can have some solid foods ... I feel bad for a younger baby that needs the same prescription as mine.’’
However, a spokesperson from Danone Nutricia said there were sufficient supplies of the Karicare product.
‘‘Aptamil Gold Pepti Junior is a highly specialised product imported from the Netherlands ... it should be available for purchase at most pharmacies.’’