The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized this week that there is a nationwide shortage of Adderall (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) (ADHD), confirming previous warnings from manufacturers, pharmacists and patients.
The largest Adderall manufacturer in the US, Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd., said last month that labor shortages from earlier in the year caused production disruptions, but the company expected any retail-level shortages to be resolved within weeks.
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But since then, shortages have spread to other drug companies producing generic versions of the treatment as desperate patients seek alternatives, and there are signs that the situation could worsen further.
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The FDA said in its press release Wednesday that Teva is “experienced continued intermittent production delays,” indicating the disruptions from earlier in the year have not yet been resolved.
Last week, an FDA spokesperson told FOX News Digital that the agency was in contact with manufacturers of Adderall-like drugs and monitoring supplies but stopped reporting a shortage.
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Experts say several factors are contributing to the shortages, including record-high regulations for the mixed amphetamine salts following COVID-19 lockdowns, an increase in recreational use of the stimulant and limits set by the federal government banning manufacturers from on production to be carried out when inventory is low.
Despite pleas from patients dependent on the medication to focus but unable to fulfill their prescriptions, federal regulators appear hesitant to allow drugmakers to ramp up production to meet demand .
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which regulates production quotas for controlled substances, told the Wall Street Journal there is no plan to increase production limits for ADHD drugs next year. The agency expressed concern about young adults abusing the drugs.
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