National Shortage of Stimulant Medication

March 8, 2024

Stimulant Medication National Shortage


The UHS Pharmacy will not be able to accept new patients starting ADHD stimulant medications for Spring 2024. Students will need to work with their outside provider to fill these at an outside pharmacy.


  • There has been an ongoing nationwide shortage of most stimulant medications used to treat ADHD for over a year.
  • Every pharmacy is allocated a certain amount of stimulant medications per week by their vendors, and we are not guaranteed that we will receive this amount, it can change at a moment’s notice.
  • Even the large established pharmacy chains have strict allocations and cannot fulfill orders from their patients, and their allocations are significantly larger than Tang's.
  • Because these medications must be tightly controlled because of California and federal law, most pharmacies will NOT divulge their supply status to patients, doctors, and other pharmacies for security reasons and the risk of being burglarized.

While this shortage is beyond our control, we understand that this is very difficult and we will keep this page updated as we get more information.