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ADHD Drug Adderall an issue

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Labor shortages at Teva Pharmaceuticals have made Adderall, a trusted attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, difficult to find in a few drugstores.

However the U.S. Food and Drug Administration noted that there surely is no overall shortage of ADHD medications.

Only Teva is reporting supply problems, FDA spokeswomen Cherie Duvall-Jones told NBC News.

“Teva Pharmaceuticals, the maker for Adderall tablets, is reporting expected delays for another 2-3 months,” she said.

Teva attributes the delay to a labor shortage on its packaging line, which it said has been resolved. The business added that although some pharmacies could have back-orders, it must be temporary.

“We expect full recovery for several inventory and orders in the coming weeks, of which point we expect no disruption at the pharmacy level,” spokeswoman Kelley Dougherty said in a statement, NBC News reported.

Large pharmacy chains haven’t seen a widespread problem: CVS said its locations were “not experiencing supply issues for Adderall and so are in a position to fill prescriptions as received generally,” while Walgreens said its “current supply is meeting our patient needs at the moment,” NBC News reported.

But small pharmacies are experiencing shortages: A National Community Pharmacists Association survey conducted from July 25 through Aug. 5 discovered that around 360 independent drugstores, 64% had difficulty getting Adderall.

Byron Olson owner of Rogers Family Pharmacy in Yankton, S.D., told NBC News that some types of the drug have already been harder to obtain than others.

“Its often that theyre not out entirely,” he said, explaining that patients who take 20 milligrams (mg) twice each day, for example, may need to use alternative dosages. In some instances, patients may need to switch to some other medication, he noted.

“It could be frustrating for patients since they dont find out about the shortages,” Olson said.

At Killingworth Family Pharmacy in Killingworth, Conn., owner Keith Lyke told NBC News he has been getting patients from other drugstores who’ve been struggling to fill their Adderall prescriptions. But generic forms from other makers have already been easy enough to obtain, he said.

“We inform them its another company, so that it may look different,” he explained.

Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, advised patients who take Adderall to anticipate difficulty making use of their prescription refills also to use their doctors and pharmacies to obtain alternatives.

“Its unpredictable. We are able to be sailing along fine and we come across a shortage,” he told NBC News.

In the worst-case scenario — an individual who can’t get any medication — usually the shortage doesnt last long.

“Usually its a matter of days or inside a week,” he said.

More info

Go to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on ADHD.

SOURCE: NBC News

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