I continue to find it worrisome that we fill so many prescriptions for ADD meds for children and adolescents, however I do recognize that it's a godsend for many of them in conjunction with other forms of therapy. No argument there. Is there lots of inappropriate use? --- Probably. But again, the folks who really benefit from it are penalized by the abusers, just like with other controlled substances.
I have gained a lot of sympathy from the comments by adult patients. I appreciate the fact that they are not blaming me for the shortage situation -- I personally try to help people figure out alternatives, make some phone calls for them, and I certainly don't look down on them for just trying to fill their prescription. However, as I said in the post, frustration sets in when a few people's sense of entitlement overshadows the reality that we're all 'in the same boat' here.
I especially sympathize with people who unquestionably need the medication to function --- to hold down a job, to go to school, to interact socially. Let's face it, without these basics it's a very tough road. These needs go to the root of a successful and happy life, and a mental disorder that interferes with them certainly is terribly burdensome. Then, when someone finds a medication that actually helps and allows them to function, I can see how being told that medication is unavailable indefinitely can cause utter panic.
One commenter said their doctor will no longer prescribe Adderall tablets --- maybe this is because his office got tired of phone calls from patients and pharmacies saying they couldn't get it. If I get a phone call asking me if we have it in stock, I have no problem giving a yes or no answer. Unfortunately though, I can't "reserve" it for anyone. If I hear of another pharmacy that has stock, I'll pass that on. I'll check the other pharmacies in my organization. I would hope most pharmacists would try to offer some assistance, as long as people realize we may not be able to drop everything and deal with it right away. It's another part of the job that we didn't ask for -- so if your pharmacist finds your medication somewhere else for you...... show 'em some luv.