Up-date on Revised BC Prescribing Guidelines

A Follow-up in our recent post “Changes to Stimulant Medication Treatment in BC – Why Should You be Concerned?” A revised draft of the Safe Prescribing Guidelines was released by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) on April the 26th 2018. In the previous Guidelines or “Practice Standard”, the College required…

ADHD Gene Testing

Provided to CADDAC by Gina Pera author and educator In recent years, biomedical research has identified many “drug-response genes.”  These are genes that wield a substantial impact on how people react to medications. Several companies are making consumer-level tests available, with ADHD medications as well as with medications for depression and more. These purport to identify the kind…

Changes to Stimulant Medication Treatment in BC – Why Should You be Concerned?

Recently the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) developed and published guidelines for safe prescribing of drugs with potential for misuse and diversion. These guidelines were developed for the prescribing of opiates, through a lens of addiction. Unfortunately ADHD stimulant medications were also included in these guidelines. While CADDAC and CADDRA applaud guidelines…

New Research Paper Addressing Concerns about Generic ADHD Medication / Health Canada Up-dates on the Issue

Since 2010 CADDAC has shared our concerns about the direct substitution of methylphenidate ER-C, a generic medication, for OROS® methylphenidate (Concerta) with Health Canada. This was done through documentation, caregiver and patient survey results and several face to face meetings. A Canadian research paper reviewing data on this issue, was recently published in the Clinical…

Australian School Systems Fail Students with ADHD

It was with great interest that I reviewed an Australian study looking at academic achievement in students with ADHD during the period from childhood to adolescence. Having spent the last twenty years speaking with researchers, parents, educators, school boards and Ministries of Education across Canada I firmly believe that this study highlights the same situation…