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    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Advisory
    Health Canada suspends the market authorization of ADDERALL XR® , a drug prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children

    February 9, 2005

    OTTAWA - Health Canada is informing Canadians that it has instructed Shire BioChem Inc., the manufacturer of ADDERALL XR® to withdraw the drug from the Canadian market. Health Canada has suspended the market authorization of the product due to safety information concerning the association of sudden deaths, heart-related deaths, and strokes in children and adults taking usual recommended doses of ADDERALL® and ADDERALL XR®. The immediate release form of ADDERALL® has never been marketed in Canada.

    Health Canada is advising patients who are currently being treated with ADDERALL XR® to consult their physician immediately about use of the drug and selecting treatment alternatives.

    Health Canada's decision comes as a result of a thorough review of safety information provided by the manufacturer, which indicated there were 20 international reports of sudden death in patients taking either ADDERALL® (sold in the United States, not in Canada) or ADDERALL XR® (sold in Canada). These deaths were not associated with overdose, misuse or abuse. Fourteen deaths occurred in children, and six deaths in adults. There were 12 reports of stroke, two of which occurred in children. None of the reported deaths or strokes occurred in Canada.

    A preliminary review of safety data for the other related stimulants authorized for use in the treatment of ADHD in Canada has been conducted. In that review, the incidence of serious adverse reactions leading to death was higher in ADDERALL® and ADDERALL RX combined than in the other drugs of this class.

    Health Canada has asked manufacturers of other related stimulants approved for the treatment of ADHD to provide a thorough review of their worldwide safety data. Information updates will be provided by Health Canada as they become available.

    Patients taking drugs of the same class for the management of ADHD should NOT discontinue their medication, and should consult with their physician if they have any concerns or questions.

    ADDERALL XR®, a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant, was approved in Canada on January 23, 2004 for the management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

    After having consulted with their physician, consumers should not flush unused drugs down the toilet or sink to avoid contaminating ground or municipal water systems but return any unused product to their pharmacy.

    Health Canada has been in contact with Shire BioChem Inc., and will be monitoring the removal of this product from the Canadian market.

    Health Canada relies on the active participation of health care professionals in adverse reaction reporting programs. Occurances of cardiac or other serious and/or unexpected adverse reactions in patients taking drugs of the same class should be reported to Health Canada at the following address:

    Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program (CADRMP)
    Marketed Health Products Directorate
    HEALTH CANADA
    Address Locator: 0701C
    OTTAWA, Ontario, K1A 0K9
    Tel: (613) 957-0337 or
    Fax: (613) 957-0335

    To report an Adverse Reaction, consumers and health professionals may call toll-free: Tel: 1 866 234-2345 (Fax: 1 866 678-6789)
    cadrmp@hc-sc.gc.ca

    The AR Reporting Form and the AR Guidelines can be found on the Health Canada web site or in The Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties.

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hpfb-dgpsa/tp...adverse_e.html
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hpfb-dgpsa/tp...ideline_e.html

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    Psychlinks note: You should be aware that Adderall has not been banned anywhere else in the world to date (I'm open to correction if this isn't true) and that, for a number of reasons primarily related to other health issues in the individuals who had the adverse reaction, many Canadian pediatricians and family physicians believe the Health Canada action to be alarmist, premature, and unwarranted, based on the available evidence. Nonetheless, at present children taking Adderall will not be able to renew their prescriptions for this medication when their present supplies are exhausted.

  2. Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Which begs the question...what will happen when those kids are suddenly withdrawn from a drug they've been taking for awhile? I guess they'll have to start withdrawing them early so they can get them on something else that will work for them, provided there is something else. Sheesh! What a mess! :-(

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    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    One teen in this area was switched to adderall last year and is in the middle of his first really successful school year ever... now he has to look at trying to find a replacement that works for him (ritalin and dexedrine do not help in his case).

    Post a caution to physicians to carefully examine medical history and family medical history for a red flag issue, by all means. But then make the trained medical pofessionals and the patients make the final decision.

    When bureaucrats start getting into the business of telling physicians what they are allowed to prescribe, I start to worry. I may not have 100% faith in all physicians but my faith in bureaucrats is well below 5%.

  4. Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    I couldn't agree more, Dr. Baxter. Bureaucrats have no business trying to legislate matters in which they have no basis of knowledge. It's frustrating to all of us who have to deal with their often silly, and sometimes downright harmful, mucking about.

  5. #5

    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Adderall XR back on the market August 24, 2005

    Health Canada has announced that it will allow the ADHD medication Adderall XR back on the market with the condition that manufacturers follow all of the recommendations set out by the New Drug Committee (NDC). The drug was suspended in February after it was reported that it could cause sudden deaths and strokes in adults and children taking regular recommended doses. The information release is on the Health Canada website

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    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

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    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Adderall XR back on the market August 24, 2005

    Health Canada has announced that it will allow the ADHD medication Adderall XR back on the market with the condition that manufacturers follow all of the recommendations set out by the New Drug Committee (NDC). The drug was suspended in February after it was reported that it could cause sudden deaths and strokes in adults and children taking regular recommended doses. The information release is on the Health Canada website

    .
    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

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    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    That's obviously good news since Adderall, generally speaking, is the most effective stimulant for ADD.
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. #8

    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    That's obviously good news since Adderall, generally speaking, is the most effective stimulant for ADD.
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. #9

    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Background on how the decisions were made on Pharmalive
    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

  10. #10

    Health Canada suspends sales of Adderall XR

    Background on how the decisions were made on Pharmalive
    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

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