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Shortages Loom For The Anxiety Drug Buspirone

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Apr 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

With one in five Americans suffering from an anxiety disorder, it is little wonder that so many of the disabled endure the irrational and extraordinary fear that marks this condition. Many doctors have

Nothing To Fear . . .

treated anxiety with a drug called buspirone. Estimates are that physicians wrote fifteen million prescriptions for it in 2018.  Buspirone is a popular drug because it is not addictive. Buspirone also has fewer bad interactions with other pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, supplies may be running short.

Too Few Manufacturers

Another factor driving the popularity of buspirone is that it a generic drug and thus less expensive. This

Now You See Me. . .

feature may be contributing to its shortage. Because it does not retail at high prices, the companies making the drug struggle to turn a profit it on. This reduces the number of manufacturers. 

Unclean and Unsafe

One of the principal producers of buspirone, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, interrupted production at their plant in Morgantown, West Virginia. This came after an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that found the plant was not clean enough and the workers were failing to follow quality control procedures. The FDA has yet to give Mylan the OK to restart production. This has led to the shortages seen around the country.

No Good Alternative Available

To further complicate matters, there is no brand-name version available. Also, there is no real alternative to buspirone. 

As Always, Talk To Your Doctor

If you take buspirone for anxiety, contact your doctor to see what she recommends.  It is probably not

Lets See What We Can Do

wise to simply stop taking this or any other medication without medical supervision.

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About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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