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Adderall ADHD Drug Runs Low at CVS and Walgreens as Demand Soars

  • Patients say they can’t get Adderall prescriptions filled
  • ‘There are supply-chain challenges,’ according to Walgreens
A CVS pharmacy in Miami, Florida.

A CVS pharmacy in Miami, Florida.

Photographer: Marco Bello/Bloomberg
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Adderall, the widely used drug for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is experiencing shortages across the US, according to interviews with patients as well as major pharmacy chains that carry the pills.

Bloomberg spoke to half a dozen patients in states including California, Indiana and Michigan who said that they called or went into CVS Health Corp. or Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. pharmacies in August or September and were told the medicines were out of stock. In some cases, patients were told they might have to wait more than a week to get their medication, which is supposed to be taken every day.