The Medication Shortage
Those already diagnosed with ADHD and being treated with stimulants are well aware that the supply of medications available at New York pharmacies is not always adequate to meet patients' needs. Although the problem has improved quite a bit since I first began this website a few years ago (see this article from The New York Times), patients still run into problems intermittently.
The following steps may be helpful for those still running into issues in NYC:
1. Use a small, independent pharmacy.
2. Ask your doctor to write the following note on your prescriptions: "Pharmacist, please fill with either brand or generic, if only one of these is available." I have found that most pharmacists, especially independents, are willing to work with patients to get them the medications they need.
3. Use a pharmacy outside of New York City, if possible. For those who can easily travel outside of the city, the pharmacies in NJ, CT, and Long Island seem to have an easier time filling stimulant prescriptions.
4. Ask the pharmacist what pill sizes are available before going to your doctor. If the pharmacist has only 10 mg tablets and your dose is 30 mg, you can ask your doctor to write for three 10 mg pills, rather than a single 30 mg tablet.
5. Have your doctor write a paper prescription rather than send electronically. With a paper prescription you can try a number of pharmacies until you find one that has your medication in stock. Be aware, however, that New York State mandates that controlled substance prescriptions be sent electronically. Whether your circumstances allow an exception to this will have to be determined by your doctor.
Last updated 12/2/17