Adderall shortage could affect over 40,000 Americans, CDC warns

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a possible shortage in obtaining Adderall, a key treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. File Photo by Sponge/Wikimedia Commons

June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a possible shortage in obtaining Adderall, a key treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

The CDC issued the Health Alert Network advisory earlier in the week "to inform public health officials, clinicians and affected patients, their families and caregivers about potential disrupted access to care among individuals taking prescription stimulant medications and possible increased risks for injury and overdose."

Over 40,000 Americans could be affected by the shortage, according to the CDC.

Adderall is the brand name for a combination drug made up of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and used to treat ADHD. It can also be used in treating other conditions like narcolepsy. The two medications are part of a group called central nervous system stimulants.

The warning comes after two members of a California-based health company were arrested Thursday in the distribution of Adderall over the Internet.

The CEO and clinical president of Done Global were arrested for their role in the distribution scheme.

Ruthia He and David Brody face obstruction of justice charges and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiring to commit healthcare fraud in connection with the submission of false and fraudulent claims for reimbursement for Adderall and other stimulants.

Both former executives are accused of defrauding taxpayers out of about $100 million.

"A disruption involving this large telehealth company could impact as many as 30,000 to 50,000 patients ages 18 years and older across all 50 U.S. states," the CDC said in its statement.

"This potential disruption coincides with an ongoing prescription drug shortage involving several stimulant medications commonly prescribed to treat ADHD, including immediate-release formulation of amphetamine mixed salts (Adderall)."

The company has denied any wrongdoing.

"Done Global strongly disagrees with the criminal charges filed last week against our founder, Ruthia He, and Dr. David Brody, which are based on events that principally occurred between February 2020 and January 2023," Ava Bostock, a public relations consultant retained by Done Global, said in statement to UPI.

Since our founding, Done Global has worked to make mental health care accessible for tens of thousands of Americans trapped in a spiraling national crisis. Done Global will continue to operate -- and do everything in our power to ensure that tens of thousands of Americans that rely on us do not lose access to their mental health care.

"At the same time, we will continue to support our clinicians as they exercise independent clinical judgment, practice evidence-based medicine and provide best-in-class health care."

Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva Pharmaceuticals is the world's largest producer of brand name and generic of Adderall.

ADHD is a brain disorder that can make it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior, affecting an estimated 9.8% of children and 4.4% of adults in the United States, according to the CDC.