Adderall Shortage Creates Panic in the Market

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Wondering why that type A go-getter in accounting seems sleepy and uninterested in work?

Well, apparently, there's a shortage of Adderall, the over-prescribed ADHD drug for kids that's also used by college students and grown-ups, according to an article in thefix.com. The article suggests that the shortage might be industry-driven; i.e., an artificial shortage to drive up prices to please the stock market.

A couple of interesting elements in the story: Adderall wasn't considered addictive until this shortage of the drug hit the market. One guy who paid 9 bucks for his prescription ended up paying $99. A woman had to pay $408. These and others had to scour area pharmacies by the dozens until they found a prescription. A Los Angeles electrician wrote plaintively, "How can I keep working on dangerous equipment with high voltage everywhere and I can't focus?" It'll be months before the supply is back to normal, the article claims.

The Adderall industry is now worth $4 billion, ten times what it was in 1996, the article states. That fact alone should be disturbing to the nation's educators, particularly those at private schools, who recommend the drug constantly to children and their worried parents.

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Trx
Trx

How did anyone get by before adderall? This drug is so over prescribed its not even funny.  Doctors need to be more conscious of this and not just hand it out to anyone who claims they "can't focus". I'm actually diagnosed with ADD and on adderall, but its not the end of the world if they pharmacies are out of it for a little while.  Switch to something else and calm down.  Or just go without it! Yes, focusing will be more difficult but it IS possible without adderall.

Clarkg4867
Clarkg4867

As an Adderall patient since I was in middle school, I can say that this drug has wonderful effects in its increase of thought production and focus. However, as I have now become close to graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, I can tell you that it is one of the most utilized medications by Psychiatrists when behavioral modification techniques could work just as well. My wife was told that the company that makes Adderall has met its quota for the year when she went to try and have her prescription filled.

This is the FDAs way of controlling the amount of the drug given to the population; otherwise there are no restrictions on how many people the professionals prescribe the drug to. There are no definitive tests, such as blood tests, that professionals can use to be certain a patient has ADD or ADHD; it relies completely on the behaviors explained by the patient and then the doctor makes a judgment as to whether he or she needs the medication. If a person is serious enough about getting the medicine, all he or she needs to do is conduct a Google search on the symptoms of ADD or ADHD to tell the doctor. I know many people that have done this and succeeded in getting the medication for their self or their children to sell for profit. There are many more choices for ADD and ADHD medications than there once was and most of them are now stimulant free because of the long-term damage that stimulants cause to the temporal lobes of the brain and nervous system. 

In fact, if you can get a hold of a documentary called Generation Rx, I advise you to watch it, even if you aren’t the type to find documentaries interesting (I know you can find it on Netflix). It was once I watched this that I realized that I was a victim in an epidemic where the pharmaceutical industry pushed drugs on society, albeit legally but no less harmful. Anyways, in the documentary there is a video of a conference to validate Adderall’s use for the public and what you see will outright amaze you that the drug even made it into public use. The spokesman turns to one of the psychiatrists and states, “Doctor, you have had thousands of cases of prescribing Adderall to treat ADD and ADHD, would you please tell everyone here the symptoms that validate the use of this drug for treatment.” This is not word for word how it was actually said but I promise my wording does not distort the actual message in any way.

Every time the doctor would begin explaining a symptom requiring the drug he would begin stuttering and back up to try and explain another symptom only to stutter again. This continued the whole time because he knew that every symptom he was going to explain as a symptom in need of the drug could be caused by a multitude of other things which may get pointed out and there was no way for him to validate its use for a disorder that the pharmaceutical company collaborated on to make money. They even pushed it into the schools; it was recommended by my school nurse in 7th grade when I was 13 that I may have ADD and that I should see a doctor; I’m 29 now and even though I had been on Adderall for 16 years, when I saw this I realized that I was a victim of this epidemic to make up the disorders of ADD and ADHD to push drugs that would make students manageable in the classroom. Not to mention, make a butt load of money off of this in the process.

It is amazing that it is assumed that our kids will not be able to focus without drugs and with how widespread this epidemic has become it may in fact happen; the human brain, nervous system, and sensory perception systems in the body are designed to be able to focus on what it wants (this is key here). Parents will just have to become a little more involved in controlling their children’s habitual behavioral patterns to remedy the focus problem, such as making them sit down and eat without getting up or watching T.V.; when watching a movie or engaged in conversation with another, put the cell phone on silent and ignore it because the interruption of constant text messaging is just rude; children just need to be taught which things to ignore when engaged in an activity which is difficult now more than ever with the widespread use of cell phones and other technologies.

Trust me, watch the documentary because it will change your perspective on how you think you “need” medicine for a “disorder” that is nothing more than a fabrication to manage the public and make money off of us! It’s truly saddening that pharmaceutical companies have created more addictions in the public and have people believing it is okay because doctors say it is!

If anything, Obama is trying to rid our population of the injustice that has been cast upon us by an uncaring industry trying to make money! If anyone wants to get mad at someone, get mad at those who have fed us these lies without any concern for our health. Ever wonder why medicines are advertised on television? No patient should have options to choose which medications they want; it should only be up to the doctor who knows the science behind the patient’s medical history to judge which medication should be used. It’s all about the money, not the well-being and curing of the public! Do not be fooled into believing that every disorder is real because doctors say it is and can be fixed with a pill which they also say!!

buckeye chemist
buckeye chemist

Blatently ignorant article. Adderall was not on the market until mid-way through 1996, so obviously a full year's worth of sales will be much more than a partial year. Especially a year in which it is just becoming an option to doctors and patients and it is only a little different from an already marketed drug, Dexedrine. I have a hard time believing this was an honest mistake.

Wagpharm
Wagpharm

As a pharmacist, most of the comments here are off a bit.  Adderall or it's generic D-amphetamine Salt combo has not been discontinued.  The name brand is in plentiful supply and the generic is just on back order.  All amphetamines have addiction/dependence/withdrawl issues from ritalin to vyvanse and phentermine.  They are all chemically similar to meth by the way.  If people were truly worried about adhd/add/hyperactivity or whatever the new chic classification is called, they could just switch to ritalin or another generic amphetamine.  Adderall is liked by adults because it also keeps the weight off (better than ritalin).  Many physicians use for their trophy wives because phentermine is so closely scrutinized.  Why get a good nights sleep, eat healthy and prepare when you can pop a pill.

Jonathan Hendry
Jonathan Hendry

A) Adderall has always been considered to have street value and addictive potential. It's a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It came out in the 1990s, but it's based on a diet pill that was popular in the 50s and 60s.

B) The shortage is probably due to government-imposed limits on production of such Class II drugs, combined with increased demand that exceeded expectations when the limit was set.

Kris Dascher
Kris Dascher

The author of this article did not do his research. Adderall has always been considered addictive - I know this because of the research I have done AND because of withdrawal symptoms I experience every time I go off Adderall.

NYPharmacyStudent
NYPharmacyStudent

The ignorance of this article is incredible to me...  Adderall is absolutely a drug used to treat ADHD, however, it is not intended solely for children, as this article implies.  Simply, the incidence of ADHD is greater in children, as many adults "out grow" their symptoms.  Additionally, Adderall has been considered "addictive" since being placed on the Schedule II drug list by the FDA in 1971, not only since this shortage has occurred.  If there were a national shortage on milk, do not pretend that you would not be paying more for milk.  Milk is not an addictive substance.  It's called supply and demand, my friend.

Annabelle
Annabelle

They're not doing it to drive up prices- they've discontinued the generic form of the drug. All you have to do is go to a pharmacy to find that out.

buckeye chemist
buckeye chemist

Believe it or not, my doctor has decided not write his patients prescriptions for another generic amphetamine. He is only giving his ADHD patients a choice between Vyvanse or generic Ritalin. I switched from Ritalin before because of all of the side effects which I do not get from Adderall. Vyvanse is insanely expensive considering it is nothing more than the prodrug of dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) which is a cheap, generic drug.

Buddy
Buddy

Adderall has Only Been on the Market Since  1996 as the Pharmacy student has wrote,

it was NOT available in 1971,

Buddy
Buddy

Adderall has Only Been on the Market Since 1996,

Not as the pharmacy Student has wrote,  "1971"

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