RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe)- Our Northern Nevada pharmacies are being impacted by the countrywide Adderall shortage.
According to Quest Counseling, a local mental health clinic, they haven’t had to inform anyone that they can’t fill their prescription, but the scarcity has affected how long it takes to have them filled. That means consumers must search for pharmacies that have it, which may be a time-consuming procedure.
“We have our APRN coordinator who’s handling that for patients and it’s very time consuming,” said Amanda Brock with Quest Counseling. “Sometimes they’re calling 10 pharmacies per patient and, with 200 patients, do the math on that. It’s a lot of legwork.”
The shortfall may be more more difficult for people on Medicaid.
“It’s especially difficult for our Medicaid patients who are already limited on the pharmacies they can use because of their insurance plan,” said Brock. “Then to have one of those pharmacies either be out of Adderall or denied a prescription due to them not being a regular client there.”
The scarcity occurs as a result of increasing demand and occasional manufacturing delays. Adderall is the name brand, and as a result of the high demand, generic brands are in short supply.
According to the FDA, the scarcity might last into the new year, so call pharmacies as soon as possible if you need a prescription.
“Absolutely plan ahead, but also start making phone calls in advance of your refill needing to be filled. Call your regular pharmacy ahead of time to see if they still have it in stock and if not, start looking.”
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