FDA Questions Efficacy of Generic ADHD Drugs

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UNDATED (CBS) – For some kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), medication can be essential. However, the FDA announced two generic drugs may not be as effective.

The FDA says the two generics of Concerta in question have no serious safety issues and can still be prescribed, but they are no longer recommended as an automatic substitute for Concerta. The FDA has given the manufacturers six months to prove their products work or voluntarily take them off the market.

“Two of these generics so to speak were not exactly providing the same rate and extent of absorption of medicine that Concerta had,” said Dr. Andrew Adesman with Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center in New York.

The FDA found generics manufactured by Mallinckrodt and Kudco may deliver their dosage at a slower rate, lowering effectiveness in some patients.

The FDA says families with questions about who makes their medication should reach out to the pharmacy where the prescription was filled.

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