Dramatic increase in ADHD prescriptions filled by reproductive-age women – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889
New research shows that the number of privately insured U.S. women aged 15–44 years who filled a prescription for an ADHD drug rose 344% between 2003 and 2015, from 0.9% to 4%. According to the study, the number of women aged 25–29 years who filled an ADHD prescription increased by 700%, while there was a 560% increase among women aged 30–34 years. For the study, researchers looked at private insurance claims for 2.3 million–6.8 million women aged 15–44 years to see how many women filled ADHD medication prescriptions from outpatient pharmacies. The researchers noted that ADHD medicine prescriptions increased for all included age groups and in all U.S. geographic regions. The most commonly filled ADHD medicines in this group of women in 2015 were mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall), lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse), and methylphenidate (Ritalin).