Why is there a shortage of ADHD Medication?

I found this interesting article: Shortage of ADHD drug Adderall seen persisting here is an excerpt:

(Reuters) – A shortage of Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, shows little sign of easing as manufacturers struggle to get enough active ingredient to make the drug and demand climbs.

Adderall, a stimulant, is a controlled substance, meaning it is addictive and has the potential to be abused. The Drug Enforcement Administration tightly regulates how much of the drug’s active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) can be distributed to manufacturers each year.

The system is designed to prevent the creation of stockpiles that could be diverted for inappropriate use. Adderall and other stimulants are popular with students who may not have ADHD but are seeking to improve their test scores. 

The DEA authorizes a certain amount of the API in Adderall – mixed amphetamine salts – to be released to drugmakers each year based on what the agency considers to be the country’s legitimate medical need.

Increasingly that estimate is coming into conflict with what companies themselves say they need to meet demand for the drug, which is reaching all-time highs. In 2010, more than 18 million prescriptions were written for Adderall, up 13.4 percent from 2009, according to IMS Health, which tracks prescription data.

This is crazy! For those of us that need the drugs for legitimate purposes to be treated this way because some college kids abuse the drug is ridiculous and backwards. I was in the local supermarket pharmacy and they told the guy in front of me at least 3 weeks before they expect to get any more.

This is not for lack of money as it is in England: “The problem is that I have found out that meds are not prescribed to adults in the UK unless you are diagnosed as a child”.

This is a nanny-state government problem. Like Thomas Jefferson said “Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”

He knew it back then.

If you are in college and get caught with non-prescribed penalties range from felony charges and expulsion.

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s  National Survey on Drug Use and Health it does not seem to me that the problem is so large that a better solution would not be better to deal with the problem.

What do you think?

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