Nationwide Shortage Of Ritalin And Adderall

800px-RitalinIn November Jacob Sloan posted a story about a chronic shortage of Adderall in New York City. Now the New York Times reports that the shortage extends to Ritalin and generic versions, nationwide:

Medicines to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions.

The shortages are a result of a troubled partnership between drug manufacturers and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with companies trying to maximize their profits and drug enforcement agents trying to minimize abuse by people, many of them college students, who use the medications to get high or to stay up all night.

Caught in between are millions of children and adults who rely on the pills to help them stay focused and calm. Shortages, particularly of cheaper generics, have become so endemic that some patients say they worry almost constantly about availability.

While the Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety and supply of the drugs, which are sold both as generics and under brand names like Ritalin and Adderall, the Drug Enforcement Administration sets manufacturing quotas that are designed to control supplies and thwart abuse. Every year, the D.E.A. accepts applications from manufacturers to make the drugs, analyzes how much was sold the previous year and then allots portions of the expected demand to various companies.

How each manufacturer divides its quota among its own A.D.H.D. medicines — preparing some as high-priced brands and others as cheaper generics — is left up to the company.

Now, multiple manufacturers have announced that their medicines are in short supply…

[continues in the New York Times]

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  • Lennysampson

    The FDA, CIA, DEA are putting the temporary kybosh on Ritalin supplies.  This is just a renegotiation with all the major pharmaceutical companies.  Anytime a prescription drug becomes a nationwide( and most likely worldwide) addiction all the heavy hitting regulatory agencies want their cut.  And now by spreading propaganda about a shortage they will raise the price of the drug making it a sort of designer drug that a lot of people may be dependent on.  Rumor has it that pharma stocks are set to rebound very soon.  The aforementioned agencies want to set up a  ‘double or triple whammy’ and fill the coffers some more. 

  • Lennysampson

    The FDA, CIA, DEA are putting the temporary kybosh on Ritalin supplies.  This is just a renegotiation with all the major pharmaceutical companies.  Anytime a prescription drug becomes a nationwide( and most likely worldwide) addiction all the heavy hitting regulatory agencies want their cut.  And now by spreading propaganda about a shortage they will raise the price of the drug making it a sort of designer drug that a lot of people may be dependent on.  Rumor has it that pharma stocks are set to rebound very soon.  The aforementioned agencies want to set up a  ‘double or triple whammy’ and fill the coffers some more. 

    • Calypso_1

      I am duly impressed with your insight into the pharmico-intelligence apparatus.  Perhaps you would care to look further into the linkages between pharm manufacturer lobbying blocks, PPACA & CIA-front companies.  I’m curious as to your thoughts regarding the shortage of magnesium sulfate? Perhaps nano-thermite additive? 
      Here is a complete list of current drug shortages for your analysis.  The 23.4% NaCl is a real mystery.
       
      Acetylcysteine Inhalation Solution
      Alcohol Dehydrated (Ethanol > 98%)
      Amikacin Injection
      Aminocaproic Acid 
      Ammonium Chloride Injection
      Ammonium molybdate injection 
      Ammonul (sodium phenylacetate and sodium benzoate) Injection 10%/10%
      Amphetamine Mixed Salts, ER Capsules 
      Amphetamine Mixed Salts Immediate-Release Tablets
      Anadrol-50 tablets (Oxymetholone Tablets)
      Aquasol A
      Atropine Sulfate Injection 
      Avalide (irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide)Tablets
      Bleomycin Injection
      Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection 
      Buprenorphine injection 
      Caffeine, anhydrous (125 mg/mL) and Sodium benzoate (125 mg/mL)
      Calcitriol 1 mcg/mL Injection 
      Calcium Chloride Injection
      Calcium Gluconate
      Cerezyme (imiglucerase for injection)
      Chromic Chloride Injection 
      Cisplatin injection 1 mg/mL solution
      Cosyntropin Injection
      Cyanocobalamin injection
      Daunorubicin hydrochloride solution for injection 
      Desmopressin Injection
      Dexamethasone Injection
      Diazepam Injection
      Digoxin Injection
      Diltiazem Injection
      Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Injection 
      Doxorubicin (adriamycin) lyophilized powder
      Doxorubicin Liposomal (Doxil) Injection
      Doxorubicin Solution for Injection
      Ethiodol (ETHIODIZED OIL) ampules
      Etoposide solution for injection
      Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta)
      Fentanyl Citrate Injection 
      Fluorouracil Injection
      Foscarnet Sodium Injection
      Fosphenytoin Sodium Injection
      Furosemide Injection
      Haloperidol Decanoate Injection
      Indigo carmine injection
      Insulin glulisine [rDNA origin] injection) solution for injection (Apidra SoloStar)
      Intravenous Fat Emulsion
      Isoniazid Tablets
      Ketorolac Injection
      Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection
      L-cysteine hydrochloride 
      Leucovorin Calcium Lyophilized Powder for Injection
      Leuprolide Injection 
      Levaquin Injection 
      Levofloxacin Injection 
      Levoleucovorin (Fusilev) 50 mg single use vials
      Lorazepam Injection
      Magnesium Sulfate Injection
      Mannitol Injection
      Mesna 100 mg/mL Injection 
      Methotrexate Injection-Preservative Free
      Methylphenidate HCl
      Metoclopramide injection
      Mexiletine Capsules (150mg, 200mg, and 250mg)
      Mitomycin Powder for Injection
      Morphine Sulfate Injection 
      Mustargen (mechlorethamine HCl) injection
      Multi-Vitamin Infusion (Adult and pediatric)
      Nalbuphine Injection
      NeoProfen (ibuprofen lysine) Injection
      Neostigmine methylsulfate injection
      Neupro (rotigotine transdermal system)
      Norepinephrine Bitartrate Injection
      Ontak injection
      Oxsoralen (methoxsalen) 1% topical lotion
      Oxytocin Injection, USP (synthetic)
      Paclitaxel Injection 
      Pancuronium Bromide Injection
      Phentolamine Mesylate for Injection
      Phenylephrine HCl Injection
      Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion (Vitamin K)
      Potassium Phosphate
      Primaquine Phosphate Tablets 
      Procainamide HCL Injection
      Selenium injection
      Sodium Chloride 23.4%
      Sodium Chloride 14.6% Injection
      Sodium Phosphate Injection
      Sulfamethoxazole 80mg/trimethoprim 16mg/ml injection
      Telavancin (Vibativ) Injection
      Tetracycline Capsules 
      Thiotepa for Injection
      Thyrogen (thyrotropin alfa) injection 1.1mg/vial
      Thyrolar Tablets
      Ticlopidine Tablets 
      Tobramycin Solution for Injection
      Vasopressin Injection 
      Vecuronium Injection
      Vincristine Sulfate Injection

      • Yokoko

        Wow! You Sir are righteous, in all the right ways.

        • BanMeesure

          Salt is Life and Life in measurement is…

          • Calypso_1

            …an infinite-dimensional holomorphic function.

      • Rex Vestri

        That’s probably some of the stuff the government is stockpiling in their giant underground bunker at Denver International Airport for when the shit hits the fan (or the massive CME hits the earth concomitant with a magnetic pole shift).  (Yes, that is my official prediction for the end of 2012. Mark your calendars, folks.)

        • Haroldknotts

          You may be right but then again I am going to bet all these ingredients mixed in the right proportions probably create some serious designer drugs or are critical components to them.  And as Lenny said these guys want their chunk of the pie so they are looking to eliminate competition.  The person to ask is a chemist/chemical engineer. 

          • Calypso_1

            ooh, ooh, ask me, ask me!

  • Harry_Plinkett

    I read the headline real quick and I thought it said “Nationwide Shortage of Rohypnol”

    I was worried there for a sec, lol.

  • Harry_Plinkett

    I read the headline real quick and I thought it said “Nationwide Shortage of Rohypnol”

    I was worried there for a sec, lol.

    • Harry_Plinkett

      BTW, if any hotties are looking for a romantic date this weekend, post me an electronic mail. I have lots of pizza rolls in my industrial sized freezer, so it will be great.

      Please no chicks with martial arts training as it’s against my religion/.

  • truth hurts

    oh no… what will all the junkie children do without their methamphetamine…

  • truth hurts

    oh no… what will all the junkie children do without their methamphetamine…

    • YoyoMarge

      Meth is good, don’t knock it until you try it.

      • truth hurts

        i’ve tried lots of things, but see i’m an adult… if you’re an adult, do whatever the fuck you want, but don’t ever tell me or anyone else that our children should be doing it… 5 yr olds dude… 5 yr olds…

    • Malk

      I can’t believe sane able-bodied parents willingly pump their children full of this shit -_- let’s give our newborns sips of nyquil to quiet their crying

      is this just an American problem or do people around the world use this crap? It’s certainly not allowed in where I live and OF COURSE not fed to children. near sighted garbage pushers =[

      • truth hurts

         the problem is that people have been trained to trust doctors. my grandparents knew not to trust doctors, lawyers, politicians, etc. their minds worked , because they didn’t have time to be entertained all day long. somewhere along the line we got complacent and forgot how to recognize the predators…

  • Anonymous

    I am duly impressed with your insight into the pharmico-intelligence apparatus.  Perhaps you would care to look further into the linkages between pharm manufacturer lobbying blocks, PPACA & CIA-front companies.  I’m curious as to your thoughts regarding the shortage of magnesium sulfate? Perhaps nano-thermite additive? 
    Here is a complete list of current drug shortages for your analysis.  The 23.4% NaCl is a real mystery.
     
    Acetylcysteine Inhalation Solution
    Alcohol Dehydrated (Ethanol > 98%)
    Amikacin Injection
    Aminocaproic Acid 
    Ammonium Chloride Injection
    Ammonium molybdate injection 
    Ammonul (sodium phenylacetate and sodium benzoate) Injection 10%/10%
    Amphetamine Mixed Salts, ER Capsules 
    Amphetamine Mixed Salts Immediate-Release Tablets
    Anadrol-50 tablets (Oxymetholone Tablets)
    Aquasol A
    Atropine Sulfate Injection 
    Avalide (irbesartan and hydrochlorothiazide)Tablets
    Bleomycin Injection
    Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection 
    Buprenorphine injection 
    Caffeine, anhydrous (125 mg/mL) and Sodium benzoate (125 mg/mL)
    Calcitriol 1 mcg/mL Injection 
    Calcium Chloride Injection
    Calcium Gluconate
    Cerezyme (imiglucerase for injection)
    Chromic Chloride Injection 
    Cisplatin injection 1 mg/mL solution
    Cosyntropin Injection
    Cyanocobalamin injection
    Daunorubicin hydrochloride solution for injection 
    Desmopressin Injection
    Dexamethasone Injection
    Diazepam Injection
    Digoxin Injection
    Diltiazem Injection
    Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride Injection 
    Doxorubicin (adriamycin) lyophilized powder
    Doxorubicin Liposomal (Doxil) Injection
    Doxorubicin Solution for Injection
    Ethiodol (ETHIODIZED OIL) ampules
    Etoposide solution for injection
    Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta)
    Fentanyl Citrate Injection 
    Fluorouracil Injection
    Foscarnet Sodium Injection
    Fosphenytoin Sodium Injection
    Furosemide Injection
    Haloperidol Decanoate Injection
    Indigo carmine injection
    Insulin glulisine [rDNA origin] injection) solution for injection (Apidra SoloStar)
    Intravenous Fat Emulsion
    Isoniazid Tablets
    Ketorolac Injection
    Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection
    L-cysteine hydrochloride 
    Leucovorin Calcium Lyophilized Powder for Injection
    Leuprolide Injection 
    Levaquin Injection 
    Levofloxacin Injection 
    Levoleucovorin (Fusilev) 50 mg single use vials
    Lorazepam Injection
    Magnesium Sulfate Injection
    Mannitol Injection
    Mesna 100 mg/mL Injection 
    Methotrexate Injection-Preservative Free
    Methylphenidate HCl
    Metoclopramide injection
    Mexiletine Capsules (150mg, 200mg, and 250mg)
    Mitomycin Powder for Injection
    Morphine Sulfate Injection 
    Mustargen (mechlorethamine HCl) injection
    Multi-Vitamin Infusion (Adult and pediatric)
    Nalbuphine Injection
    NeoProfen (ibuprofen lysine) Injection
    Neostigmine methylsulfate injection
    Neupro (rotigotine transdermal system)
    Norepinephrine Bitartrate Injection
    Ontak injection
    Oxsoralen (methoxsalen) 1% topical lotion
    Oxytocin Injection, USP (synthetic)
    Paclitaxel Injection 
    Pancuronium Bromide Injection
    Phentolamine Mesylate for Injection
    Phenylephrine HCl Injection
    Phytonadione Injectable Emulsion (Vitamin K)
    Potassium Phosphate
    Primaquine Phosphate Tablets 
    Procainamide HCL Injection
    Selenium injection
    Sodium Chloride 23.4%
    Sodium Chloride 14.6% Injection
    Sodium Phosphate Injection
    Sulfamethoxazole 80mg/trimethoprim 16mg/ml injection
    Telavancin (Vibativ) Injection
    Tetracycline Capsules 
    Thiotepa for Injection
    Thyrogen (thyrotropin alfa) injection 1.1mg/vial
    Thyrolar Tablets
    Ticlopidine Tablets 
    Tobramycin Solution for Injection
    Vasopressin Injection 
    Vecuronium Injection
    Vincristine Sulfate Injection

  • Yup

    Its a victim of drug wars.

  • Yup

    Its a victim of drug wars.

  • YoyoMarge

    Meth is good, don’t knock it until you try it.

  • Yokoko

    Wow! You Sir are righteous, in all the right ways.

  • BanMeesure

    Salt is Life and Life in measurement is…

  • Okarin

    ritalin is gonna be pr-ed with a gansta image once it starts to appear on the street cornor

  • Okarin

    ritalin is gonna be pr-ed with a gansta image once it starts to appear on the street cornor

  • Adaugeo

    I haven’t noticed any effects from not having my hourly dosage. In fact, there has been there has been, oooo a bunny

  • Adaugeo

    I haven’t noticed any effects from not having my hourly dosage. In fact, there has been there has been, oooo a bunny

    • Calypso_1

      wassap

  • Anonymous

    …an infinite-dimensional holomorphic function.

  • Malk

    I can’t believe sane able-bodied parents willingly pump their children full of this shit -_- let’s give our newborns sips of nyquil to quiet their crying

    is this just an American problem or do people around the world use this crap? It’s certainly not allowed in where I live and OF COURSE not fed to children. near sighted garbage pushers =[

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > Caught in between are millions of children and adults
    who rely on the pills to help them stay focused and calm.

    well
    there’s always plenty of pot around

  • BuzzCoastin

    > Caught in between are millions of children and adults
    who rely on the pills to help them stay focused and calm.

    well
    there’s always plenty of pot around

  • Anonymous

    I guess the Food And Drug Administration have more than normal hard regulations which makes business in hard time and thats why this drug become short. Nice coverage of the topic to be on http://www.thehealthmagazine.com 

  • truth hurts

    i’ve tried lots of things, but see i’m an adult… if you’re an adult, do whatever the fuck you want, but don’t ever tell me or anyone else that our children should be doing it… 5 yr olds dude… 5 yr olds…

  • truth hurts

    i’ve tried lots of things, but see i’m an adult… if you’re an adult, do whatever the fuck you want, but don’t ever tell me or anyone else that our children should be doing it… 5 yr olds dude… 5 yr olds…

  • truth hurts

     the problem is that people have been trained to trust doctors. my grandparents knew not to trust doctors, lawyers, politicians, etc. their minds worked , because they didn’t have time to be entertained all day long. somewhere along the line we got complacent and forgot how to recognize the predators…

  • Bob13

    why is this better than weed?

  • Bob13

    why is this better than weed?

  • Harry_Plinkett

    BTW, if any hotties are looking for a romantic date this weekend, post me an electronic mail. I have lots of pizza rolls in my industrial sized freezer, so it will be great.

    Please no chicks with martial arts training as it’s against my religion/.

  • Rex Vestri

    That’s probably some of the stuff the government is stockpiling in their giant underground bunker at Denver International Airport. For when the shit hits the fan (or the massive CME hits the earth concomitant with a magnetic pole shift).  (Yes, that is my official prediction for the end of 2012. Mark your calendars, folks.)

  • Anonymous

    wassap

  • Haroldknotts

    You may be right but then again I am going to bet all these ingredients mixed in the right proportions probably create some serious designer drugs or are critical components to them.  And as Lenny said these guys want their chunk of the pie so they are looking to eliminate competition.  The person to ask is a chemist/chemical engineer. 

  • Anonymous

    ooh, ooh, ask me, ask me!

  • Anonymous

    ooh, ooh, ask me, ask me!

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