Important Research on ADHD and Driving

A new study published on May 10 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry looked at ADHD, driving and medication. The study tracked more than 2 million American adults who had been diagnosed with ADHD for a period of 10 years. The data was accessed from health insurance claims from more than 100 health insurers and reviewed…

Antidepressant Use During Early Pregnancy Does Not Increase Risk of Autism or ADHD

A recent study has found that use of antidepressants by the mother during early pregnancy did not significantly increase the risk of poor fetal growth or the child’s risk of developing Autism or ADHD as previously thought. As well, only a slight increased risk for premature birth was found. This is the largest study to…

New BC PharmaCare Coverage Discriminatory to Adults with ADHD

On April 18th BC PharmaCare announced that it was expanding its existing coverage of medications for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the paediatric population. Three long acting ADHD medications (Adderall XR, Vyvanse and Strattera) will be added under the Special Authority (SA) program. The SA program covers medications for patients under…

Are we Prescribing too Many Antipsychotic Medications for Children with ADHD?

A recent study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences found almost 12 per cent of children and youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, were prescribed antipsychotics like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Seroquel. Since the study found that 5% of Ontario children have ADHD, this means that .06% of children may be receiving antipsychotic…