There is a nationwide shortage of ADHD medications such as Adderall due to manufacturing problems. Teva, the top manufacturer of Adderall, has blamed worker shortages for production problems.
ADHD medications are not the only ones facing shortages. Pediatric formulations of ibuprofen such as Kids’ Advil have also been hard to find on pharmacy shelves.
It’s difficult to predict how long these shortages will last but they are expected to continue well into 2023. The FDA has been sharing information about ADHD medications with pharmacies and has promised to assist manufacturers any way they can.
When your medication is out of stock, your first thought would be to have your prescription sent to a different pharmacy. This is not the recommended course of action as medications like Adderall, are classifed by the DEA as controlled substances and therefore are heavily regulated which require these prescriptions be handled accordingly.
For example, the existing prescription first needs to be cancelled prior to it being reissued to the new pharmacy. This can be time-consuming and might not result in getting your medication any earlier. There is also no guarantee that the new pharmacy will have stock once your new prescription is received.
Before asking your medical provider to re-route your prescription consider visiting your local pharmacy in person and, speak with your pharmacist. Did you know that most pharmacists are doctors specialized in medication? They understand your health conditions and are there to help with your overall wellness.
If your pharmacist cannot fill your prescription, your provider can help you consider other options:
Helping our patients have access to clinically-approved ADHD treatment is one of our top priorities. We are taking steps to help.
If you are suffering from ADHD and are having problems with your medication, speak to your healthcare provider.
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