Bcbs of NC recently put out a blog article addressing the ADHD medication shortage and what can be done about it. The link to that article is listed at the bottom of this post. The below information came from that blog article, and I added some of my own comments:
There is a shortage and pharmacies are running out of ADHD meds. This should be temporary, and there is nothing that you and I can do to fix that but we can keep a few things in mind that might help.
Most ADHD meds are available in generic form. The exception is Vyvance, which has no generic. Most health insurance will cover Vyvance, but not all plans will cover meds prior to paying the plan deductible.
If you type in the brand name drug into an app, like GoodRX or SingleCare, it will show you the generic name and provide pricing for various pharmacies. This pricing can be substantially different from pharmacy to pharmacy. The exception is Vyvance, which has no generic. Most health insurance will cover Vyvance, but not all plans will cover meds prior to paying the plan deductible.
There are pro-active steps that can help you make the best of a difficult situation. Here are 6 steps to keep in mind:
Reach Out to your doctor: Your doctor knows you (or your child) best. They can help find alternatives and adjust medications.
Talk to your pharmacist: Different pharmacies chains and independents have different companies (wholesalers) that supply them with medications. If one pharmacy does not have the medication try other chains or independent pharmacies.
Connect with your insurance company: Your insurance company can let you know if a medication is covered and how much it will cost. They can also work with you with any prior authorization that may be required for your prescription. Also, your insurance plan may have accommodations for when there is a shortage such as adding more medications to coverage or having an approval process for medications not normally covered.
Check into resources at your company or school: Your employer or school may be able to accommodate your needs. And if your child switches medication and takes a lunchtime dose, you’ll need to make sure the school nurses are aware of the change.
Confide in your family and friends: Your family and friends love you. Be open and honest about your struggles and talk to them to find ways they can support you.
Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid using alcohol and drugs to self-medicate. Find healthy ways to relax and cope with stress, such as meditation, yoga, music, hobbies, or therapy.