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The latest product falling victim to supply chain issues is sparking major concerns among health practitioners


Popular medications, including a leading ADHD treatment, are the latest products to fall victim to the supply crunch in Australia.

According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Ritalin as well as some antidepressants and high blood pressure medications are all in short supply across the country.

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The medicines regulator listed dozens of medications that are in short supply on Thursday, with 343 medicines currently facing shortages.

A supplier of the popular ADHD treatment, Ritalin (methylphenidate) also confirmed Australia has seen a shortage of the supply, but added it is being addressed.

Supplier Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia told 7NEWS.com.au the shortage was due to a manufacturing issue that has now been resolved.

The popular medications have been in short supply across the country amid a supply chain crunch. Credit: ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images

“Novartis is aware of the temporary shortage of Ritalin (methylphenidate) long acting tablets in 10mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg and 60mg within Australia,” it said.

“We are working closely with suppliers to resolve the supply issue as quickly as possible.”

“We recommend consumers currently on this treatment, speak with their healthcare professional if they have any questions or to seek alternative treatment options.”

The Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi) Executive Director Tegan Carrison told 7NEWS.com.au: “The Australian Association of Psychologists is concerned about reports of shortages of mental health medications.”

“We would encourage patients to discuss any concerns about medication shortages with their treating health professional.”

7NEWS.com.au has reached out to the Therapeutic Goods Administration for further comment.

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