Ritalin Maker and American Psychiatric Association Sued for Conspiracy
Lawsuits, filed in federal courts in New Jersey and California allege that Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, the producer and manufacturer of Ritalin, and the American Psychiatric Association, conspired to produce a market for Ritalin and expand its use. Stories appearing in the September 14, 2000 publication of the "New York Times" and the Sept 15 "On Health with Web MD", both report on these particular class action suits.

Over the past decade prescriptions for Ritalin have skyrocketed as have the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). This has prompted controversy associated with the valaditity of this steady increase in medical diagnosis, the over prescribing of the medication, along with the unstudied effects upon children of long term use of this psychotropic drug.

One of the lawyers involved in the Ritalin lawsuits, John Coale of Washington DC, said the lawsuit was brought because Novartis and the psychiatric group expanded the market for the drug by promoting the idea that many children had attention deficit disorder order and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He stated, "They were giving this stuff away like candy."

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