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There's a nationwide shortage of Adderall even as prescriptions reach an all-time high

There is currently a shortage of Adderall, a medication used to treat ADHD, across the United States. The shortage has been attributed to a labor shortage at Teva Pharmaceuticals, the largest producer of Adderall in the U.S., which has led to backorders from multiple manufacturers. Despite increasing demand for Adderall due to rising diagnoses of ADHD, manufacturers have struggled to keep up with production. Click here for article/podcast.

  • Patients are experiencing shortages of Adderall at pharmacies, leading to delays in receiving their prescriptions.

  • The shortage originated from a labor shortage at Teva Pharmaceuticals, causing production delays that spread to other manufacturers.

  • Increasing diagnoses of ADHD have driven up demand for Adderall in recent years.

  • Some patients are resorting to coping mechanisms such as going without medication, consuming more stimulants like coffee or energy drinks, or considering obtaining Adderall from the black market, which poses serious health risks.

  • Manufacturers are working to resolve the shortage, but the situation highlights challenges in the production and distribution of controlled substances like Adderall.

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