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Scandal Prompts Australian Gov't to Pull ADHD Guidelines

The Australian government has been forced to pull guidelines for ADHD medication after it discovered that one of the contributing doctors may have received payments from drug companies.

"US-based child psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman is under investigation in America by authorities who have uncovered $1.6 million in payments," Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported. "The US Congress investigation has found Dr. Biederman failed to declare where all the money came from and has possibly breached federal and Harvard University laws."

As a result, Australian authorities have been forced to pull their ADHD guidelines for medications like Ritalin. Some child welfare and ADHD experts are asking for the guidelines to be completely re-written.

Labels: australia, guidelines, government

Posted By: Aspen/CRC