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Nov 28, 2011 7:37 PM by Maddie Garrett

Adderall Shortage Sends Patients Scrambling

A popular drug that helps children and adults focus and learn is becoming almost impossible to find. The nation-wide Adderall shortage is now hitting home in Acadiana.

"Well we haven't been able to get it since mid-September. And we've tried different pharmacies, New Iberia, Lafayette, we recently tried Denham Springs and they all tell us it's a manufacturing shortage," said Jenni Chrochet.

Crochet is worried what will happen if her limited supply of Adderall runs out. Her son, diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), takes it on a daily basis.

"It helps him with homework, helps him a lot with homework. So we're trying to conserve by using it only in the afternoons for homework and now we're starting to split them in half," said Crochet.

Pharmacist Louvella Granger said the pharmacies are just as frustrated as patients. But she said there's no telling when the shortage will end.

"We don't know when this going to be over or when this is going to even be better," said Granger, who owns D & L Family Pharmacy in Lafayette.

She said part of the problem trickles down from the manufacturer.

"The wholesaler up the line from us is in the same situation. They might order 1,200 bottles and only get 40," she said.

The FDA reports the shortage is due to increased demand. But because the drug contains amphetamine compounds, the Drug Enforcement Agency sets a limit on how much can be made each year.

And while the argument could be made that Adderall is over-prescribed, for those who need it, the shortage is becoming more and more stressful.

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