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The pharmaceutical company Billings begins to produce infant formula

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BILLINGS — The national baby formula shortage continues to take a toll on families, but a Billings company is part of the solution.

All American Pharmaceutical in Billings Heights has started manufacturing infant formula and one brand is already available for purchase.

“The shortage has continued to grow,” said All American Pharmaceutical owner Dr. Jeff Golini.

The national baby shortage formula hits Billings close to home.

“We do our diaper banks on Tuesdays and there were several moms in tears because they literally couldn’t find the formula for their babies,” said Felicia Burg, development coordinator at nonprofit Family Promise. that helps families in need.

Family Promise has seen the impact firsthand. The nonprofit organization holds diaper banks every Tuesday, and Burg says the need for infant formula has doubled.

“We served over 60 families in two hours, so it’s basically one family per minute picking up diapers and formula,” Burg said.

Fortunately, All American Pharmaceutical will soon be added to the local offer.

“If we can at least get some for Montana, you know, we might not be able to solve the whole problem, but we can at least do our part,” Golini said.

All American Pharmaceutical found a loophole in federal regulations to bring the formula to market. The company is authorized to manufacture infant formula, but it is not authorized to sell it. However, they may sell the formula if it’s labeled for toddlers.

“I can produce it legally but I can’t sell it without doing a $3.5 million study, which is impossible to do,” Golini said.

Golini had considered making formula about five years ago, but the FDA wanted him to conduct a study of 1,000 mothers and newborns.

“We are asking the FDA to be able to produce a baby without doing these studies and put it on the market,” Golini said.

Golini says the product is safe for babies and the ingredients are no different from other big brands, like Enfamil or Similac. He hopes the FDA will eventually approve his baby formula.

“It will be the same formula, it will just say under 12 months or infant instead of toddler,” Golini said.

The formula will be available for sale at Pharm 406 in Billings starting next week. You can also buy it from the All American Pharmaceutical website at https://allamericansupps.com/product-category/baby-formula/.

Golini says the company will be hosting giveaways for the formula soon. You can visit the website to register.

Family Promise also distributes diapers and formula every Tuesday in front of their establishment. They have a partnership with Enfamil.

“We have a formula on hand that wasn’t part of the recall,” Burg said, referring to the recent Similac formula recall after a failure at a Michigan manufacturing plant.

These local organizations hope to provide relief to parents trying to figure out how to feed their young.

“You know, there is a need and it’s really our responsibility to do what we can to help,” Golini said.

To learn more about Family Promise diaper bank distribution, visit Home – Family Promise.

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