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FDA announces nationwide shortage of ADHD drug Adderall




  • The US FDA announced a shortage of amphetamine mixed salts, commonly known by the brand name Adderall.
  • Adderall is a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
  • Other manufacturers continue to produce amphetamine mixed salts, but there is not enough supply to continue to meet the demand.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that there is a nationwide shortage of Adderall. The drug is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), following intermittent manufacturing delays at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, maker of Adderall.

The FDA said in a release on Wednesday that Teva Pharmaceuticals has cited manufacturing delays for the shortage and difficulty meeting a surge in demand.

The agency added that other manufacturers are continuing to produce Adderall, but there is not enough supply to meet the country’s current needs. According to analysts, it is difficult for pharmacies to immediately switch to other brands of the drug because it is a controlled substance and highly regulated.

Teva Pharmaceuticals said that the company is refilling its supply of the drug “at levels above historic demand.” The company has noted that their inventory is expected to recover from the shortage “in coming months.”

Dr. David Goodman, director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland, said that 4% of adults and 8% of children have ADHD and about 70% of adults and 40% of children go untreated.

Increasing awareness about ADHD has led to a surge in demand for Adderall.

“I can understand why there are shortages because there’s an increased demand of people who are seeking these medications,” Goodman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said.

The FDA recommends that patients in need of Adderall contact their healthcare providers to determine the best treatment option.

Source: NBC News



  1. Delphos Speaks

    October 17, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Perhaps if doctors weren’t prescribing it to young children because their teachers or their parents don’t have the skills to control them without the need for medications like this, there would not be a shortage. And parents who choose not to follow safe practices during pregnancy adds to the dilemma. Drinking, drugs, and smoking (cigarettes and weed) have a great effect on the child once it is born. But sometimes, it’s just an over active child who is acting out to get attention at school because he(she) is not getting what they need at home. And there may be a lot of reasons for that including two parents that must work that are too tired to take care of and teach their kids during their free time.

  2. Ron B.

    October 17, 2022 at 6:52 am

    Democrats stil doing WHAT THEY DO BEST to keep power………… BUYING VOTES !!!

  3. Clayton M Dungey

    October 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

    You suppose “slo-Joe is using it all, stashed away in his basement retreat?

  4. CPO Bill

    October 17, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    They probably took em themselves!

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