Nichole Hannahs

ADHD Medications Experience Shortage

by Nichole Hannahs on January 6, 2012 at 11:21 am

Patients that rely on medication to treat Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder are seeing short supplies.

Demand for drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are in more demand due to the amount of people taking the prescription medications. But, that’s not the only reason there’s a shortage, the Drug Enforcement Administration has strict quotas in place for makers of the medicines to curb abuse, giving drug makers a certain allotment of raw material to make the medications.

"Once that company has used that allotment of raw material they have to cease the manufacturer. It’s a calendar year, so here in January they can ramp up manufacturing here again," said Director of Northside Pharmacy Rod Stickrath. "It takes awhile to fill the supply lines."

If you’re one of those affected by the shortage, a dosage of another medicine may be given, but that involves contacting both a doctor and insurance company.

"With literally hundreds of insurance companies you generally can make it work," said Stickrath. "The fact that a physician wishes to use a different drug for ADHD shouldn’t alter the coverage."

Stickrath said any shortage being seen is strictly temporary as drug makers begin a new year.