11 May '11, 1am

Shortage of ADHD Meds Leaves Parents & Patients Scrambling

Shortage of ADHD Meds Leaves Parents & Patients Scrambling

Shortages of medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are leaving parents and patients scrambling. According to the Wall Street Journal , shortages of Adderall XR and its generic equivalents (also known as amphetamine mixed salts), as well as of methylphenidate (a generic version of the brand-name drug Ritalin) have recently been reported in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington state and elsewhere. Parents are on the hunt for pharmacies that stock the medications, or are dipping into their pockets to pay full-price for alternatives. Or, in some cases, they're rationing out their supplies: Pharmacists say some customers have to pay the entire cost of a brand-name drug -- which can exceed $200 a month -- because their health plans cover only generics. The higher the price of a drug, the greater the likelihood a patient will not take a drug as ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/health-policy/blog/shortage-o...

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