It's governmental intrusion into the practice of medicine.
Almost all of us do things that are impulsive, irresponsible and out of character (as teenagers). That's really tied to how (young people's) brains work, ... Fortunately, most people don't commit heinous crimes. But almost everyone can look back on things they did as adolescents and say to themselves, 'What was I thinking?' .
The study we requested would look at increased expenditures related to direct-to-consumer advertising, as well as the impact on patient safety and the overall quality of care.
We believe it's a misuse of the mental health statutes and a diversion of limited treatment resources. We've expressed this view through the local media and in testimony before legislative committees. We've also joined a statewide coalition of advocacy groups organized to oppose the proposal. We intend to monitor this issue closely and to play an active role in the ongoing public dialogue on this topic.
ADHD is associated with a significant increase of accidents and of substance abuse in adolescents when it's not treated.
It is a useful alternative in the continuum of treatment options. In the clinical trials, patient compliance was also much higher than it is with [oral] medication. This could also be an important factor for some patients who suffer from depression.
The dietary warnings that will appear on the higher doses are the same as with any other MAOI. Psychiatrists are already familiar with the need for careful patient selection, education and monitoring when using these medications.
Push for specific criteria. Are we measuring frequency of tantrums, school attendance or what?