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 going 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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Theo Says:

So I have had better luck than not this past year so far with filling my script but in January I had to go down on my dose because I couldn’t find any 30mg ir in stock anywhere in South Carolina. I am on 20mg ir and I have been able to find them every month but I have had to call around a few months due to the pharmacy running out and not knowing how long before getting any more in. The past two months have been stressful but I figure it is school was starting up again and students most likely drained any stock that would come in or backorders being filled was making it hard to find a pharmacy within the first few calls but with a lot of patience I have been able to find them at a pharmacy just took a while to call around. Last month was the first time I was given my meds from epic pharma and I was disappointed at first but after a week or two I got used to the difference that I got from these rather than the ones from lannett or teva I was used to. This is the second month I’ve been given epic pharma 20mg ir and they do work just feel like some days they work more than others. Given the circumstances of the shortage we have been having I would rather have them than having nothing at all as I am not even able to get out of bed without my medication so I am grateful to have them. I did notice that the bigger cities were harder to find available stock so smaller cities with smaller populations are the better bet. I also noticed that the pharmacy that I’ve had the fastest luck with are ones who are in areas where older people live. Seem to have a better stock since older people usually don’t have the same need for it.

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Jen Says:

Re: tim (# 1931) Expand Referenced Message

Thanks for the insight! That does make sense that it affects the big cities. My pharmacy usually gets in Alvogen and Epic Pharma although it seems to change every time I pick up my prescription (when it's available).

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Optimistic Says:

Re: tim (# 1931) Expand Referenced Message

Tim I think this is correct, my provider is down near Boston and she says she’s constantly getting calls that her patients can’t find the medication. I live up in New Hampshire and I use a chain pharmacy that’s a few miles off the highway and I haven’t had a problem getting it at all since last year.

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Bp10 Says:

Re: Rcma (# 1925) Expand Referenced Message

Yep, can't believe it but capitalism trumps again. The pharmaceutical companies don't make as much money from generic adderall. So they simply haven't been making it. Combined with the increase in patients taking it, equals ongoing shortage.

I've pretty much given up on returning to my previous adderall treatment schedule. At least for the rest of the year. After taking it for 15 years it's simply not available anymore.

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tim Says:

Re: Jen (# 1930) Expand Referenced Message

Fwiw, I spoke to my sister who who happens to be a psychiatrist (she's not my mine because, well, family). She said that from what she can gather from her ADHD patients (many of whom primarily meet with her remotely), the major area of trouble seems to be cities at this time (NYC in particular, she said). She also said that it may depend on the specific supply of the brand your pharmacies typically gets (which is usually in part area dependent). As LA is another monster city, that may be the cause of your issue, although I'm curious what brand you usually get in your area? You might try pharmacies in less populated areas, if that is an option for you.

In any case I will definitely follow up on Monday... I'm located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, but not too close to the city.

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Jen Says:

Re: tim (# 1929) Expand Referenced Message

Yes, please let us know how it goes on Monday. School starting back up makes sense. I asked about other dosages and they said they haven't been getting in any at all. They said they are having the same issue with Vyvanse. Very frustrating. The last couple of months had me hopeful things were getting better.

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tim Says:

Re: Jen (# 1928) Expand Referenced Message

Sadly I'm not too surprised, with kids starting up school again. I fill again on Monday so I'll be sure to post here with how that goes, but I kind of suspected schools being out for the summer was in some part correlated to the improved supply. Did you inquire if other doses are available (I feel 20mg tends to be an odd one so may suffer from lower supply... when my 30mg is unavailable, I find the highest dose that is available is 10mg or 15mg)?

I've been saving some pills each month from the weekends & filling at 28 days though just in case. Hopefully this is just an anomaly though...

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Jen Says:

Re: Rcma (# 1925) Expand Referenced Message

I'm in LA and I was able to get a refill of 90ct of 20mg IR with no problem for the last 3 months but all of a sudden this month my pharmacy said they haven't been getting any Adderall in at all for the past few weeks. Is this happening to anyone else? It feels like another wave of the shortage going around again. I tried calling around and this seems to be the consensus everywhere.

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tim Says:

Re: Rcma (# 1925) Expand Referenced Message

Have you had issues yourself of late, Rmca?

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Rcma Says:

Re: foster772 (# 1920) Expand Referenced Message

There is simply no way anyone could make a statement of fact about drug quality and/or efficacy when it's a prediction. It's simply not possible. But his/her opinion is totally valid, despite it being speculation. Remember, Teva had a massive recall years back. Anything can happen.

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