Adderall added to FDA drug shortage list

POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 1:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- The popular attention deficit disorder medication Adderall is now on FDA's list of drug shortages.

"The shortage is expected to go on into 2012," Dr. Karen Kemper, a Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center pediatrician said.

The shortage started a blame game between manufacturers and the drug enforcement agency because the DEA put a cap on manufacturing to cut down on abuse, but the demand for the medication is rising. But doctors tell us, it all starts in the exam room.

"I think that it's the duty of the physician to make sure they are making a correct diagnosis and that they are going through the steps to ensure that they are actually diagnosing and not over prescribing," Dr. Kemper said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2009 and 2010 doctors wrote 18-million prescriptions for Adderall, a 14 percent jump between the two years.

And children who are unable to get a refill on the medication may be experiencing some hard times in the classroom.

"The inability to sit still and distracting other students in the classroom while the teacher is trying to conduct class. It's hard for other students to focus when you have one student that might be disrupting the rest of the classroom," South Bosque Elementary School nurse, Amy Williamson said.

"It'll just make it much more of a struggle, like it was before they were probably medicated," Dr. Kemper said.

And Dr. Kemper tells us, care and treatment for ADHD does not rely solely on taking the pill.

"When children have ADHD that it is a diagnosis that requires not only medication but other forms of intervention. Medication is only one leg of the stool."


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