Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, hand sanitizer and other sanitizing agents have been in short supply.
But a local pharmacy, Carter’s Drug Store, has taken the initiative to produce sanitizer for the community in its downtown compounding pharmacy.
Cindy Howell, a chemist at Carter’s, said they have produced about 100 bottles of the 60-percent sanitizer in their lab. Once they receive a shipment of more alcohol, they will produce a stronger grade, she said.
“I’ve just been using what I had in stock,” said Howell, referring to the ingredients. Ingredients are in short supply and some are on back order.
While the CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible, they advise using a hand sanitizer with at least 60-percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable. Hand sanitizer, when properly used, quickly reduces the number of microbes on hands and not only helps the user avoid getting sick but helps prevent the spread of germs.
Read the directions on the label of the hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends. Use an adequate amount to cover the entire hand and let it dry on the hand without wiping it off.
Hand sanitizers below 60-percent may not kill all of the germs outright, but only slow the growth and may not work equally well for many types of germs, according to the CDC.
Like many businesses in Fayetteville and across Lincoln County, Carter’s is still open and serving its customers. To shorten your wait time, you’re asked to call ahead (931-433-1511) to have prescriptions refilled or to tell store personnel what items you need them to gather for you. You can pay over the phone with a debit or credit if you like, or you may park in front of the store, call, and have staff bring the items to your car. You may also still come into the store, and one of the employees will meet you and retrieve whatever items you need.
Store personnel are also diligently sanitizing all surfaces throughout the day, and as always, the store delivers to points inside the city limits. Please call by 1 p.m. for deliveries.