Monday, August 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A labor shortage at Teva Pharmaceuticals has led AdderallIt is a commonly used attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).ADHDDrugs, hard to find in some pharmacies.
But the US Food and Drug Administration has noted that there is no general deficiency of ADHD drugs.
FDA spokeswoman Sherry Duval-Jones said only Teva had reported supply problems. NBC News.
“Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the Adderall tablets, is announcing expected delays in the next three or three months,” she said.
Teva attributes the delay to labor shortages in the packaging line, which it said has been resolved. The company added that while some pharmacies may have requisitions, they should be temporary.
“We expect a full recovery of all inventory and orders in the coming weeks, at which point we do not expect any disruption at the pharmacy level,” company spokeswoman Kelly Dougherty said in a statement. NBC News mentioned.
Large pharmacy chains haven’t seen a problem at scale: CVS said their sites “have no supply issues for Adderall and are able to fill prescriptions as received in most cases,” while Walgreens said “current supply meets the needs of our patients at this time,” NBC News mentioned.
But small pharmacies are short: A survey conducted by the National Association of Community Pharmacists from July 25 to August 5 found that of nearly 360 independent pharmacies, 64% had difficulty obtaining Adderall.
said Byron Olson, owner of the Roger Family Pharmacy in Yankton, SD NBC News Obtaining some forms of medication was more difficult than others.
“It’s often not completely eliminated,” he said, explaining that patients who take 20 milligrams (mg) twice daily, for example, may have to use alternate doses. He noted that in some cases, patients may have to switch to another medication.
“It can be frustrating for patients because they don’t know about a deficiency,” Olson said.
At Killingworth Family Pharmacy in Killingworth, Conn. Tell the owner, Keith Lyke NBC News He was receiving patients from other pharmacies who could not fill their Adderall prescriptions. But he said generic forms from other makers were easy enough to get.
“We tell them it’s a different company, so it might look different,” he explained.
David Goodman, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, advised patients taking Adderall to expect difficulty with prescription refills and work with their doctors and pharmacies to obtain alternatives.
“It’s unpredictable,” he said. “We can sail well and then run short.” NBC News.
In the worst case scenario – a patient who can’t get any medicine – the deficiency usually doesn’t last long.
“It usually takes a few days or within a week,” he said.
Visit the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about ADHD.