There have been several ADHD drugs that have been difficult to get in the past year, Hobaugh noted, often because they're manufactured only by one company. That means if there's a production issue, there's no other manufacturer to fill in the gap.
"And, with generic drugs there may not be a whole lot of profit, so they're not a priority," he added.
Along with discussing the shortage with your child's doctor, Adesman suggested that parents can call or write the FDA, or a local government representative, and let them know that they're having trouble getting necessary medication.
"Patient advocacy is always important," he said. "It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease."
Learn more about medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.
SOURCES: Andrew Adesman, M.D., chief, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Michael Hobaugh, M.D., chief, medical staff, La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago; Eric Hollander, M.D., clinical professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and director, Autism and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Program, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Dec. 31, 2011, The New York Times
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