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ADD Drugs in Short Supply

There are also growing shortages of medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]. These drugs include Adderall, Ritalin and their generic equivalents. Such medications accounted for nearly 25 million prescriptions last year. Apparently the scarcity has been largely traced to the Drug Enforcement Agency. Because these stimulant medications can be abused, the DEA is in charge of authorizing active ingredient manufacture. A miscalculation last year has led to severe shortages having an impact on many families in the U.S. Until full production resumes, families, pharmacies and physicians are having to scrounge.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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