Local pharmacies are facing a shortage of ADHD medications

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) – Manufacturers are warning that some ADHD drugs may be in short supply.

Pharmacists at Hannibal’s Big Pharmacy said they constantly faced drug shortages. They have recently faced shortages in Adderall.

“As a pharmacy, we face many drug shortages throughout the year. Adderall is new to us this year,” said pharmacist Bridget Ellerman-Beaty.

For the past month and a half, they haven’t been able to get certain types of Adderall, according to owner Greg Gilmore. Adderall is a common drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Ellerman-Beaty said the shortage is impacting her customers.

“So we’ve had a lot of people affected by the shortage over the last few months,” Ellerman-Beaty said. This is something that I would say we deal with on a daily basis.

According to a Bloomberg reportspikes in mental health diagnoses during the pandemic and supply chain issues have caused the shortages.

“We’re going to tell the doctor, talk to the patient, ask them to tell the doctor, and try to find an alternative,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore said they often change the type of Adderall for the customer depending on what is available.

“Sometimes we just have to go from one form to another,” he said. “If it’s not available in a capsule, we change it to a tablet. Sometimes there is an extended release form which is not available, but the immediate release form in a tablet is.

They recommend ordering medications at least five days in advance to ensure they can get you what you need.

Gilmore said some laws say patients can only take certain types of drugs five days or less before they run out. He said that makes it difficult for them to make prescription changes.

The large pharmacy is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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