Drugstores are begging shoppers to stop hoarding hand sanitizer

First, it was face masks that disappeared after a run on stores by nervous consumers. Now it’s hand sanitizer and any type of disinfecting wipes, leaving pharmacists begging people to stop hoarding.

Pharmacist Troy Stinson says his store Mullaney’s Pharmacy ran out of masks weeks ago and has no idea when more may come in.

Now hand sanitizer has become the new N95 face mask: almost impossible to find after hoarders came in and cleared the shelves.

“It is completely unnecessary to buy those all,” Stinson said. “If you want to have some on hand, it’s a good idea to have. But it’s not necessary to buy all of them.”

Consumers, however, are not heeding the request of Stinson and other pharmacists. Bottles of Purell were completely sold out at several Walgreens and groceries in the Cincinnati area.

Grocers like Kroger and Publix are limiting the sales of sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, but at this point, it is like locking the barn door after the horse got out.

It’s even worse at Sam’s Clubs and Costco stores, where warehouse shoppers have been clearing the shelves of toilet paper, stocking up for months.

A spokesperson for Walmart, which owns Sam’s, said they are resupplying.

“We’re working with our suppliers to understand and mitigate any supply chain disruptions,” Walmart said. “Providing customers with the products they need remains our focus.”

But it’s a lot tougher when people are hoarding.

Keeping a few bottles of hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes is a great idea. Stashing enough for a small army locked in your home is selfish.

So think of others, and don’t waste your money.

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