5/16/2000 – RITALIN CLASS ACTION SUIT FILED

Drug giant to face lawsuit over Ritalin The Express, May 16, 2000 FROM GRAEME BEATON IN WASHINGTON The first of what could become a barrage of lawsuits over Ritalin, the controversial medicine prescribed for hyper-active children, has been launched by American lawyers. The action seeks unspecified damages against Novartis, the £30billion Swiss pharmaceutical giant which…

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4/30/2000 – Gumble’s Interview with MI Medical Examiner re: Ritalin

From Ann Blake-Tracy…. We sent you the news last week that Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic in Pontiac, MI attributed a ten year span of Ritalin use to the heart failure death of 14 year old Matthew Smith. Apparently for years the school had threatened to turn the family in for neglect if…

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12/02/1999 – Boys Will Be Boys

Children, he says, tend to talk, fidget and fool around–“all the
classical ADHD-type behaviors. If you’re predisposed to label any child
as ADHD, the distracted troublemaker or the model student, you’ll find
a way to observe these behaviors.” So what might explain such a
predisposition? Paul R. McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns
Hopkins, writing in Commentary, argues that ADHD, “social phobia”
(usual symptom: fear of public speaking) and other disorders certified
by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders” are proliferating rapidly. This is because
of a growing tendency to regard as mental problems many characteristics
that are really aspects of individuality.

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