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No End in Sight for National ADHD Drug Shortage

March 22, 2024

Nearly 18 months after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first acknowledged a national shortage of Adderall, the most common drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there is now a widespread scarcity of other stimulant medications — with no end in sight. How did this crisis develop and what measures are underway to address it?

The first shortage of immediate release formulations of amphetamine mixed salts (Adderall, Adderall IR) was reported by the FDA in October 2022. Now, the list includes Focalin, Ritalin, and Vyvanse, among others.

Adding to the ongoing crisis, the FDA announced in early February that Azurity Pharmaceuticals was voluntarily withdrawing one lot of its Zenzedi (dextroamphetamine sulfate) 30 mg tablets because of contamination with the antihistamine, carbinoxamine.

For the roughly 10 million adults and 6 million children in the United States grappling with ADHD, getting a prescription filled with the exact medication ordered by a physician is dictated by geographic location, insurance formularies, and pharmacy supply chains. It's particularly challenging for those who live in rural or underserved areas with limited access to nearby pharmacies. Read More