Lemme see, it's OK to poison our kids with Ritalin?

Discussion in 'Marijuana Legalization' started by Buzz, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Yet another example of how we'll allow the phamaceutical industry to push potentially harmful drugs on us and our kids while rejecting any consideration of mj for its potential benefits and extremely low risk...lol.

    WASHINGTON - Concerned about the risk of sudden death or serious injury associated with Ritalin and other stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a federal advisory panel says the drugs should carry the most serious type of warning label.

    The proposed "black box" warning would inform doctors, patients and parents of the uncertainty regarding the risk the drugs may pose to the cardiovascular system. The warnings could be rescinded if future studies fail to definitely establish any risk, officials said.

    The surprise recommendation has caught the Food and Drug Administration off guard. The regulatory agency isn't obliged to follow the advice of its outside panels of experts but it generally does.

    Its first move probably will be to ask another of its advisory committees to study the issue further in March.

    The FDA also may undertake short-term studies into the effect of the drugs on blood pressure, heart rate and the heart muscle itself, said Dr. Peter Gross, chairman of the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management advisory committee, which eventually did outline its thoughts on how to study the drugs.

    First, however, the committee voted 8-7 to recommend requiring black box warnings on methylphenidates, which are sold as Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin and Metadate.

    Ritalin is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.; Concerta by Johnson & Johnson; Methylin by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; and Metadate by UCB.

    The labels for the stimulants Adderall and Adderall XR, both amphetamines made by Shire Pharmaceuticals, have included the warnings since 2004.
  2. Another good example of the double standard employed by the government and everyone else who has interest in keeping mj illegal...
  3. hey.. i happen to like ritalin when i can't afford good blow.. haha

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