By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Labor shortages at Teva Pharmaceuticals have made Adderall, a broadly used attention-deficit/hyperactivity dysfunction (ADHD

) drug, exhausting to seek out in some drugstores.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration famous that there isn’t any total scarcity of ADHD medications.

Only Teva is reporting provide issues, FDA spokeswomen Cherie Duvall-Jones advised NBC News.

“Teva Pharmaceuticals, the maker for Adderall tablets, is reporting anticipated delays for the subsequent 2-3 months,” she stated.

Teva attributes the delay to a labor scarcity on its packaging line, which it stated has been resolved. The firm added that whereas some pharmacies could have back-orders, it ought to be non permanent.

“We count on full restoration for all stock and orders in the approaching weeks, at which level we count on no disruption on the pharmacy degree,” spokeswoman Kelley Dougherty stated in a press release, NBC News reported.

Large pharmacy chains haven’t seen a widespread downside: CVS stated its places have been “not experiencing provide points for Adderall and are in a position to fill prescriptions as acquired in most circumstances,” whereas Walgreens stated its “present provide is assembly our affected person wants at the moment,” NBC News reported.

But small pharmacies are experiencing shortages: A National Community Pharmacists Association survey performed from July 25 via Aug. 5 discovered that of about 360 impartial drugstores, 64% had issue getting Adderall.

Byron Olson proprietor of Roger’s Family Pharmacy in Yankton, S.D., advised NBC News that some types of the drug have been more durable to get than others.

“It’s typically that they’re not out solely,” he stated, explaining that sufferers who take 20 milligrams (mg) twice a day, for instance, may need to make use of various dosages. In some circumstances, sufferers may need to change to a different treatment, he famous.

“It might be irritating for sufferers as a result of they don’t know in regards to the shortages,” Olson stated.

At Killingworth Family Pharmacy in Killingworth, Conn., proprietor Keith Lyke advised NBC News that he has been getting sufferers from different drugstores who’ve been unable to fill their Adderall prescriptions. But generic types from different makers have been simple sufficient to get, he stated.

“We inform them it’s a special firm, so it might look completely different,” he defined.

Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, suggested sufferers who take Adderall to anticipate issue with their prescription refills and to work with their docs and pharmacies to get alternate options.

“It’s unpredictable. We might be crusing alongside high quality after which we run right into a scarcity,” he advised NBC News.

In the worst-case situation — a affected person who cannot get any treatment — normally the scarcity doesn’t final lengthy.

“Usually it’s a matter of some days or inside every week,” he stated.

More info

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for extra on ADHD.

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