For some reason Adderall seems to be the only medication that has been affected like this. I've been taking generic Adderall for over three years and have done very well with it. I have ADHD. I was prescribed 120 mg per day until I moved to Missouri. Since I didn't have the medical insurance or the money for a doctor very often, when I was able to see a doctor they were uncomfortable prescribing such a high level of Adderall. So, for the last year and a half I've had to manage on half my dosage plus whatever my wife would give me, she has the same script. The last time I bought the Adderall generic, the round orange pill 30mg. at Walgreens it was 47.00+, then on August 5th I was given a list of web sites that might be able to help with prescription drugs with people who didn't have their own insurance. I checked out the first web site and I was amazed! Adderall was only 27.75, I'd been getting raped for a year! But today I tried to get my script filled with my missouridrugcard and was told that they didn't honor that card anymore for that particular drug. The Adderall was now 67.00+. I said that I was sorry but I just can't afford that. When I got back home I got back on-line and checked the site again on the price checker and sure enough everyone in the St. Louis area had gone up to the same 67.00+. What the hell happened? I know that the college kids like them for their studies, but I don't sell mine. I use them because I need them. During the few times over the last over three years I've been deprived of my medications for a week or two, but I don't react like other people do; I didn't go through withdrawals, I just couldn't concentrate and got sidetracked easily. Without the adderall I'll be a bit scatter brained, won't be able to finish things that I start. I just won't be the same. What happened to the medication? I thought that it was just because it was a schedule II narcotic, but I checked the other medications that are narcotics and they haven't changed at all.
9 Sep 2011
The FDA or DEA (one of them, probably FDA) regulates Schedule 2 drugs, and puts a "quota" on the amount of them that a manufacturer can produce in a year. This year the quota for Adderall XR was reached in March or April, thus prices skyrocketed for Adderall XR due to decreased supply and increased demand (basic, Economics 101 reasons). I believe the FDA has taken steps to solve this problem by allowing drug manufacturers to make more of the drug, but for now, that is the reason why the price is so high.
11 Sep 2011
i also live in the city of st.louis and i have a script for 120 m.g. a day of extended release adderall. when i went to fill it i was denied because my insurance said i was allowed 90 a month. anyway i found out while talking to united healthcare that generic was quite a bit more expensive than name brand. i don't know if that was because ii was going thru insurance prices but i paid $60. for a script of 90 with insurance for generic because walgreens didn't have the name brand. i also wonder how good the generic is because i am in pain management and i found out the hard way how different the medications can be effective, even though they are supposed to be f.d.a. approved i can tell the difference and the same goes for the adderall right now i can';t get it to work at all and i am mixing it up now with nuvigil sample packs just to get me by. good luck, i wish there was a way i could get in touch with you and discuss the medical secrets of the stupidity we have to put up with here in mo.
12 Jul 2013
Incorrect about other meds not increasing. Just went to get methylphenidate (generic Ritalin, greatly needed - no insurance) for my adult add (diagnosed, confirmed & trackable back to age 3), & it has gone up nearly 200% in price, since the last month in which I filled it. Just 1 month ago! I'm beside myself. I do better with it. Fear being without, but I can no longer afford it. WTF?!
13 Feb 2014
The price gouging for adderall continues... In 2013, I paid an average of $67. for a months supply of this generic medication which has been around for 100 years... The drug companies, or in this case maybe the drug company , blames the federal government. I did an internet search for "adderall price gouging" and I saw obamas smiling face stating that he is fighting prescription drug price-gouging... he is ineffective as usual since my monthly price was around $27. a month from 1999 until the past few years when he has been in office... In any event, we will continue to post about this... write letters daily... expose the scams when your local politicians claim to be fighting "price-gouging" while this atrocity and rip-off continues unabated...
17 May 2014
I remember the Adderall shortage in 2011. I ended up taking generic Ritalin. When the shortage ended I saw no change in price. Since then I ended up leaving Wal-Mart because they never had the medicine (which was usually around $60). I started going to Walgreens - one day their system was down so I've been with Rite Aid for awhile. Their Adderall XR has been the cheapest at $44.
Yesterday they told me they did not have it. Called around... NO ONE had it. Of all places... Wal-Mart had it: She told me 195.69 WITH insurance.
I had a d**n out of body experience.
I'm with Blue Cross. She said that WITHOUT insurance it's about $500.
Since I have the best luck in the world... today is Sat. So I'm going to have to wait until Mon. to actually speak with someone at the insurance company. Until then I'm hoping someone will tell me this is a mistake and that the price is a lot lower.
If this doesn't happen I'm going to have to stick with a medicine from a company OTHER than the one that makes Adderall XR because they're obviously price gouging and I can't be bothered. At the same time I need to ween myself off of this stuff because everything ABOUT obtaining ADHD medication has been nothing but a pain in the ass.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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