Adderall On Backorder

vtrimm Says:

I take generic Adderall 20 mg for narcolepsy and there is not one local pharmacy that has it in stock. I have never had this problem before. The pharmacies are saying that it's on backorder from the manufacturer. Is anyone else having problems getting their scripts filled?

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Ben Says:

I live in Southern NH. I can't find a pharmacy anywhere around here that can get Adderall in any dose from Teva and Barr Pharmaceuticals. My psychiatrist was apparently completely unaware of this situation when he wrote the prescription earlier today, 10/18/2011. I run out in 4 days but am on a very low dose (5mg twice a day) so I may be able to wean off of it safely by cutting back to 5mg once a day, then nothing.

I wonder how many people taking higher doses are goint to have major problems with withdrawal. I consider this situation to be gross irresponsibility on the parts of both the manufacturers, Teva and Barr, and on the physicians who continue to prescribe it. These physicians should be aware that such a shortage exists and should adjust their prescriptions accordingly. If they don't, they're incompetent and should not be practicing. I hope that the patients who have serious problems withdrawing sue the makers and the doctors involved. With so many people depending on Adderall, some kind of class-action suit is in order.

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Diane B Madrid Says:

Hi Adderall users. I was on 20mg Xs 3. Suddenly, thry weren't making the 20 mgs, but they were making the 10 mgs., Now, they are all on backorder. OK so I wait and guess what? My MHMR price went from 28 dollars for 180 10mgs to $162.00 for same meds. And thats with the MHMR discount. I called HEB and Wallmart, their price $435.00. Ha! So I went to my MHMR people and gently reminded them that they had started me on the med for a reason and that reason was still present and that it was their responsibility to, at the very least, try to treat my ADHD symptoms, not to mention the withdrawal from Adderall. They finall agreed to try to get me on Ritallin. They were actually just going to to say, too bad, so sad, not our fault, its the drug company's fault. No, No, No.,,,you my doctor me. Asi es!.,

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DHB Says:

Can't find brand Adderall XR 30mg anywhere in North Georgia today 10/19/2011.

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Viny Says:

Hi everybody, I live in Boston and have not been able to find a pharmacy anywhere that has the 10mg dextroamphetamine (FKA: amphetamine salt) tablet. The pharmacies I’ve been to tell me its on backorder until January. I have been taking this particular medication daily for the last 7 years so it’s absolutely ridiculous that I/we have to wait that long. I completely agree with Ben that there should be some sort of class action suit.

Do these people at the drug co. realize the affect that this can have on our daily life and more importantly our body? So, they must expect us all to detox off the medicine on our own and then all of a sudden get right back on it in January. Your body will have to become accustomed to the medication all over again.

Let me say that I think this medication is way overprescribed. There are far too many people taking this medicine for the wrong reasons. Everybody wants to crack jokes about ADD but for people that actually have the disorder it’s not a laughing matter. I can't stand when I hear someone (young, able bodied) say they got a script for adderall so they can lose weight (Pick up a damn weight - go for a jog - ride a bike).

Between the corporate greed of the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors overprescribing the meds. It’s no wonder why people who actually have the disorder cannot get the medicine. Furthermore, I was reading an article about the multiple patent lawsuits that have been going on regarding adderall and if you ask me I think every Co. involved is trying to monopolize the medicine. This is America right? I thought monopolies were illegal. Oh, but when you’re dealing with overseas companies I guess they can basically do whatever they want. The FDA should be going nuts right now. They are really are only hope in this situation.

Here is some advice for the big wigs at these pharmaceutical co's: Let another couple companies produce a generic version of the medication and then you can simply collect the majority of the profits that the generic med. make. They have done this with a million other drugs, why not adderall?

PS: I cant believe it but it's really not the pharmacy's fault this time.

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Verwon Says:

There have been a lot of posts about this recently, though I am not certain why there is a shortage, just that the companies have reported one.

Have any of you consulted your doctors about using an alternative medication in the meantime?

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Diane B Madrid Says:

After talking to my nurse practioner, I finally convinced her that it was their responsibility to take care of what ever symptoms I had, with or without Adderall. She changed my med to Ritalin. We shall see how it works. I have fibro, so concentration is almost non-existant when in bad episode. I've heard that the drug companies that manufacture Adderall just wanted to make more money. We've all heard that before. I mean, its not like they ran out of the substances that they use to make the med. Doesn't make sense. Good luck all.

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BackorderedinOH Says:

I live in Cincinnati and take 10mg tablets. I called at least 25 pharmacies in Cinci and all are out. I even called pharmacies in Dayton and Columbus - no one has it. Don't know what I'm gonna do.

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farmer Says:

I tried 4 different pharmacies in my area today and all of them said the fast acting Adderall is out of stock until the end of the year. This is absolutely unacceptable. So how is someone supposed to function if they don't have their medicine? Just go through withdrawal until January?

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Kelly Says:

My DR just spoke with the medication sales rep and told him that adderall will not be in production until the summer of 2012 due to a FDA issue. Nothing else has been working for me as far as focusing and concentration....

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Verwon Says:

The information from the FDA lists that all current manufacturers reported shortages due to supply issues.

However, Shire Pharmaceuticals has reported that their supply has improve, though it is still limited. They offer a pharmacy locator service by phone, so you can check and see what pharmacy in your area has it in stock.

Call 800-828-2088 and select option 5 in the automated system.


I hope this helps some of you!

Are there any other comments or questions?

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Diane B Madrid Says:

I'm in San Angelo, Texas. The HEB has them in stock, 180 pills @ 10mg is $435.00. At the Walmart its $432.00 and thru MHMR its $179.00. I'm on a fixed income and I used to pay $28.00. So these new prices don't help me. Might help someone with insurance. Also, I'm now on Ritalin, but it seems to be harsh on my stomach. Hope all find relief soon.

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Lyn Says:

I live in new jersey. There is a shortage here as well. I have tried everywhere in new jersey and parts of pennsylvania. This has left patients with needs in a vulnerable position and I agree with previous posts about a class action suit. First we need to find who is accountable.

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kkandtc Says:

The last drug shortage update was done on 7/12/2011. I called Shire, XR is supposed to be available everywhere.
There is a number to call the FDA to report drug shortages. I had to leave a voice mail, waiting for callback.
Everyone needs to start reporting!

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amber Says:

Were out in Winston Salem, NC too.

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Steph Says:

Out in Columbia SC!! WTF??!!

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Blame Obama Says:

This definitely shows the flaws with ObamaCare. God forbid the tax paying working middle class be able to get their meds. There is a government cover up going on right under our noses. Obama wants zombies and people to rely on his big government. He wants to dumb everybody down. Of course there is no shortage of Vicodin or Oxycotin is there? Blame Obama, the FDA & the DEA folks. We need to take to the streets while we are still awake!!!!

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Ismael Says:

First -- let's keep the politics out of it. Anyone who cares to read knows that repvublican congress has failed to fund almost every pert of Obamacare,

I realize it's just a knee jerk reaction to you guys to blame Obama (cuz it's always so much easier to tear someone dowt then to help yourself (or, God forbid, your neighbor), back up.

The reason for this problem is two fold - (1) too many children are having children and and they just don't know that kids ALWAYS run around like fruit flies on crack and that parenting is a full time job cutting into their teenage partying years - so the answer must be the kid has ADHD ans needs some drugs to calm down.

And, the other reason is that the pharmarceutical companies are trying to capitalize on a patient glut by making fewer of their cheapest drugs. You'll notice that that there is no shortage of the XR varierty of adderall that still has patent protection or a shortage of the new Vyvanse - nope, just the cheap non patented IR form of Adderall (and apparently Dexedrine, too). And this is nationwide, folks, I read all your complaints, and I'm in Hawaii and just hand the same problem and I talk regularly with people in South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Kansas that are having the exact same problem. Now, I know what I'm going to do next month, but I can't tell of you, cuz then you'd all do it to and then Id be buggered again, but I promise that Ill let you what I do in a month if it works.

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maureen Says:

I just called shire pharmaceuticals they told me they no longer own adderall that the co. Bar pharmaceuticals bought it. So I called and I'm waiting for a response. I'm in NY I take this n I'm having trouble big time with out it. I'm up all night and sleep all day . I lost my job and I'm having a bad time unmotivated and depressed

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Blame Obama Says:

If people are losing jobs over it then it is a political issue. And as to the statement that was made saying there is no shortage of XR....well that's false. If there is no supply of the ingredient then create jobs to create the supply! But they cant due to FDA regulations....Again a political factor. We all know the government can do what they want. They can just
create more money when they want so somebody needs to step up and create more medication or I'll soon be unemployed because I've been on a high dose of this for 12 years and can't function without it!

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Blame Obama Says:

Oh and one more thing. I live in and work in DC. There was supposed to be a session on the Hill regarding this issue but it was canceled. Hmmmm maybe it was because half of the politicians couldnt make it into work because the can't get thier Adderall filled or it's due to all of the damn lobbyist's that have invaded DC. So don't say this isn't a political issue. Of course it is. It's a 100% failure of our government systems & policies due to their interests. There is a major mental health issue unfolding. I wrote the FDA in May when I first encountered the supply issue. They responded that they were working on it and the problem should be corrected very shortly. Well now it's almost November and has the supply issue been corrected? I think not. The entire country is out of Adderall and I am furious that the FDA allowed this to happen. I suggest everybody go to the FDA's website and write them. You need to take action people. The doctors are still gonna take your money and write your scripts even if there is no Adderall available. The people, You, Us, need to stop Blogging about it and start writing the FDA, your local politicians, news media and anybody that will spread the word. Somebody needs to be held accountable because all that Washington is currently doing is pointing fingers.....and printing more money but that's an entirely different topic. Speak and let your voices be heard!!!!

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Mike Says:

Re: Rcma (# 1835) Expand Referenced Message

My theory is that the US government is stockpiling amphetamines for the Military in preparation for war! They provide them to soldiers who want them in the time of war. This is one time that I really hope I'm wrong but it kinda makes sense with everything that's going on right now.

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tim Says:

Things are still smooth it seems if your pharmacy has a distributor that normally gets Sandoz, but my doctor mentioned things are getting worse for his other patients.

I feel lucky, but I'm dreading my next refill. Good luck out there, guys. Hopefully the increased attention leads to a resolution.

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Seankay Says:

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I'm dealing with this too. And the messed up thing is most doctors don't have a dedicated staff member that can call pharmacies all day, looking for ADHD medication for all their patients medications and doses. A doctor writes the prescription. You buy it from a pharmacy. It's the patients job to find the prescription. But you cant get stock information for a controlled medication, and they can't transfer you prescription. And the doctor can't write you multiple doses and tell you to get whichever one is in stock.. it just hurts. I don't mind that it's a controlled medication and they need to be careful. Im on board with it.

And i understand with all my entire heart how bad the shortage is. I get that too. But even during the toilet paper shortage i could go to a store, see or ask what they had. And buy what i wanted. Quantities were limited but everyone was able to wipe themselves with something.

With Adderall you don't know who has what and you'll never know until you send them order in. There's no one coordinating or helping. And we are the group of people on earth who CANNOT COORDINATE OR PLAN OR FOCUS on ask these complex things.

I just want us to have a point person. Someone who can call or navigate the red tape. We as patients cannot get the info the doctors don't have the time or resources. It's just stupid

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Mauricio Says:

So on Thursday the 16th I called my local Walgreens that I filled at last month to see if they had any adderall and I was told that they didn’t have any 30mg but they had 20mg ir in stock and to have my doctor send in my prescription. Two hours later I called back to let them know that my doctor had sent my prescription in and I wanted to get my refil started, I was then told that they didn’t have any in stock and that I was misinformed. On Friday the 17th I then called cvs and was told that they were told that they would not have any in stock until April sometime, Publix was still on back order and then I called a different Walgreens and they said they had 20mg in stock. I then had to call my doctors office and have her cancel my prescription at the first Walgreens and send a new one to the one that had it. The stress of having to call around until one of them say that they have any at all in stock and then rush to call your doctor to get them to send it in is so frustrating and causes so much anxiety. I was able to get my 20mg irs but I still have not been able to find any 30mg irs (my original dose). So for the past three months I’ve had to take a dose that is a lot less than the dose I am supposed to be on but I’m grateful to get anything at all. I also found it frustrating that Walgreens told me one time that they can see in their system which stores say they have them in stock but that usually the system doesn’t update too often so they don’t like to say what it says to customers and on another call I was told that they can’t see any information about other stores. Like I get it they don’t want to say that a store somewhere else says they have it and then they don’t and the customer gets mad at them but that could help lead someone to a store that has it. If anyone is told from Walgreens or cvs that they don’t have any and no stores around have any as frustrating as it is please call around to as many stores as you can because clearly they are lying to callers. I wanted to just say “screw it” and just go without until they got it in stock because I felt so tired without my meds but I just wanted to keep calling around a few more times and I was lucky enough to find a Walgreens that had what I needed (for the new dose until the 30mg come back). Have faith and keep calling around! Hopefully this gets better soon.

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Bp01 Says:

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I also listened to that today on Spotify. Much of the same info, but still glad it's getting more attention. Did you see the homeland sec report released today abt ongoing drug shortages?

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Rcma Says:

This out today, a Slate interview/podcast/transcript featuring the Bloomberg journalist who began the coverage last summer. Not "medically relevant" but a complete account of the complexity of the issue(s), the misinformation, the impact on patients, workplace, public safety. MANY tentacles...

Why Is Adderall So Hard to Find?

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Kris Hartland Says:

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I have been able to get my adderall by cutting my dose in half and taking a lower dose if that's all they have, I also call around to see who has it then quick let my Doctor know where they can call it in. I agree though that this is totally unacceptable to be out of such a simple medication in our great USA, it is pathetic and causing alot of people problems.

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Ryelee83 Says:

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The truth is nobody is going to advocate for you, (us), so we have to advocate for ourselves. It’s 2023 and we live in the United States this ongoing problem of medication being on backorder for extended periods of time, not just adderall either, should not be happening in this day and age. After 6 months it should have been resolved, NOT GETTING WORSE!

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Rcma Says:

Excellent article in The Guardian discusses the entire picture, the efficacy of meds for ADHD and problem of recreational use. DEA's lack of action and role in creating a national catastrophe for ppl who legitimately need medication to function. Even DEA blowing off Confessional inquiry.

The worst it’s ever been: mysterious US Adderall shortage puts ADHD patients at risk

In recent months, patients have reported problems filling nearly every type of ADHD medication prescription – and no one seems to know why

Wilfred Chan
Mon 30 Jan 2023 01.00 EST

"Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which controls the supply of the drugs, announced last month that it would not increase manufacturing quotas for 2023, despite the shortage – again, without providing a reason. One congresswoman, Abigail Spanberger, wrote to the DEA and FDA to demand an explanation last December, but Spanberger’s staff told the Guardian she had yet to receive a response...

...Studies show stimulants offer dramatic benefits to ADHD patients, improving their performance at school and at work, and reducing their risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide. A 2017 analysis of millions of patient records even found that adults with ADHD taking stimulant medications were far less likely to get into a car crash."

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Rcma Says:

Legitimate inquiry - if 10mg Extended Release caps are available, will dissolving the coated "beads" in water cancel the delayed onset and extended release action... converting the medication to an IR? My understanding is that ONLY the coating delays the onset/extends the delivery. I just want my familiar 30 min onset, 4 hrs action. Not long acting. But only XR and ER is available.

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