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Why Is Adderall So Hard to Find?

The shortage is starting to impact users of other ADHD medications, too.


Episode Notes

Since last summer, it’s been difficult to fill an Adderall prescription. The shortage is driving some people to try other ADHD medications—causing shortages of those medications too—while others are sourcing their medication on the “gray market.”

Why is such a common drug nowhere to be found?And why has the FDA been so mum on the subject?

Ike Swetlitz, health journalist for Bloomberg News
Sheila McClear, writer for Los Angeles magazine

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.