ADHD Medication Shortage
April 15, 2011
by Sasha Emmons
Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin can make a huge difference in the lives of kids diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but now some families are having trouble filling those prescriptions. The Food and Drug Administration has recently added those drugs to a growing list of drug shortages caused by manufacturing delays and increased demand, although they have been local reports of scarcity for a few weeks now.
Plus: All About ADHD
ADHD is the nation's most common childhood mental disorder; 8 percent of all U.S. kids, which translates to about 5 million, have been diagnosed, and the majority take meds to control it. A missed dose can quickly lead to distracted behaviors that can impact schoolwork and family life.
Plus: ADHD Tips from Teachers
Does your child have ADHD? Have you encountered a run on Adderall or Ritalin?