Shoring up Strattera

There are 13 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jan 20, 2008, titled Shoring up Strattera. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

When it hit pharmacy shelves five years ago this month, Strattera was hailed as a breakthrough drug for hyperactivity and inattentiveness -- and a future blockbuster for drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co.

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Mom In Need

Covington, KY

#1 Jan 20, 2008
I wish my husband to go to a Lilly sponsored clinic to be studied for ADHD or multiple symptoms in adults. He has alot of organizational needs.

We have 1 child medically diagnosed and treated for ADHD. We have paid for alot of treatments and studies/tests (including dyslexia) and psychological visits for over 6 years and are glad we took a pro-active approach.

Tradgically, Indiana is very much behind in special needes education (even HSE) and refuses to strive for exellence in this area. Even the teachers will say other teachers should have done more or that behavioral specialists should be at schools.

Yes, there are teachers who will say it is not their responsibilty to help students at all-they can't help motivate children who shut down when they fall behind because of ADHD. Too bad we can't get to Mississippi standards-most of their schools have a second or special needs trained teacher in every class or every other class from what I've researched. However, those elected officials have been going after education dollars for decades and Indiana has not been aggressive in seeking education funding from federal allocations for our state.

Good grief-with thinking like this instead of focusing on being the state achieving excellence and no child left behind-its no wonder we are such happy hoosiers.
poster one

Fishers, IN

#2 Jan 20, 2008
Parents who have children with ADHD do not want to wait four to six weeks for improvement of symptoms. Ritalin 'kicks in' in about 20 minutes; it works!
Noni Mausa

Canada

#3 Jan 20, 2008
"Meanwhile, critics are sharpening their attacks on doctors and drug companies, saying ADHD is an invented disease, or that physicians are over-medicating children without considering other options."

Mr. Russell,

Why did you write this and not name the people who deny the condition exists, or why they might persist in this denial? Do you include the opinions of flat-earth enthusiasts in your articles, too?

The 2002 International Consensus Statement on ADHD, states in part "The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), among others, all recognize ADHD as a valid disorder." The complete statement is signed by 75 prominent medical and psychology professionals of the US and Canada.

The existence of the condition is not in question among serious clinicians, and you do a serious disservice to hundreds of thousands of ADHD sufferers, whether in treatment, or undiagnosed and untreated.

Noni Mausa
Canada

International Consensus Statement on ADHD
http://psych.colorado.edu/~willcutt/pdfs/Bark...
scumbag

United States

#4 Jan 20, 2008
I started taking Stratterra two years ago, I just got off of it last month and moved to something else that doesn't make me so tired. It did help me, and it was the first thing I had ever taken in my life, if I had known about the help it provided me, my entire life could have been better.
Bill

Greens Fork, IN

#5 Jan 20, 2008
You have got to be kidding me. Keep in mind that Lilly of course has no diagnostic test for Depression, ADHD, etc. In fact the only indications are from Psychiatrists who have no way to chemically, diagnostically test for these conditions, so they throw drugs at the problem every time rather than actually trying to remedy the problem. Is ADHD real or only an outgrowth of an ever growing financial reward for Psychiatrists, Drug Companies, and Physicians and an excuse by parents and schools to control socially mal-adjusted children from broken homes. In this case, the product Straterra is another offshoot of Sidney Taurel's awful leadership of Lilly and the disembowlment of the companies family-friendliness and agenda for Diversity rather than for family.

Since: Nov 07

West Newton, IN

#6 Jan 20, 2008
One of the interesting things about Strattera is that it is not a "me to" drug. I don't think that there are any other non-stimulant drugs for ADHD out there.
Is this thing on

Louisville, KY

#7 Jan 20, 2008
Mom In Need wrote:
I wish my husband to go to a Lilly sponsored clinic to be studied for ADHD or multiple symptoms in adults. He has alot of organizational needs.
We have 1 child medically diagnosed and treated for ADHD. We have paid for alot of treatments and studies/tests (including dyslexia) and psychological visits for over 6 years and are glad we took a pro-active approach.
Tradgically, Indiana is very much behind in special needes education (even HSE) and refuses to strive for exellence in this area. Even the teachers will say other teachers should have done more or that behavioral specialists should be at schools.
Yes, there are teachers who will say it is not their responsibilty to help students at all-they can't help motivate children who shut down when they fall behind because of ADHD. Too bad we can't get to Mississippi standards-most of their schools have a second or special needs trained teacher in every class or every other class from what I've researched. However, those elected officials have been going after education dollars for decades and Indiana has not been aggressive in seeking education funding from federal allocations for our state.
Good grief-with thinking like this instead of focusing on being the state achieving excellence and no child left behind-its no wonder we are such happy hoosiers.
I have an idea of how you can take advantage of Mississippi's wonderful welfare program...
Kathy

United States

#8 Jan 21, 2008
I can tell you why it's declining. Insurance companies refuse to pay for it. They would prefer to see our children on a controlled substance instead. It took me forever to finally consider putting my child on a medication for her attention difficulties and I refused to put her on the controlled substance brands. Well, we are paying out the nose for it now. OK, so I could change my mind and do what most everyone else probably has done and change to the preferred brands but I'd rather see someone step and demand that these insurance companies quit telling patients what they can and can't take. My migraine medicine is the same way. They don't think I need it so I have to pay high prices for it. Why don't they live with a migraine for two weeks with nothing that will touch it and then tell me I don't need it. I'm posting this here because I cant' find anyway to post something to Lilly's website or an email address for anyone.
Lisa Van Syckel

Peekskill, NY

#9 Jan 22, 2008
Noni Mausa wrote:
"Meanwhile, critics are sharpening their attacks on doctors and drug companies, saying ADHD is an invented disease, or that physicians are over-medicating children without considering other options."
Mr. Russell,
Why did you write this and not name the people who deny the condition exists, or why they might persist in this denial? Do you include the opinions of flat-earth enthusiasts in your articles, too?
The 2002 International Consensus Statement on ADHD, states in part "The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), among others, all recognize ADHD as a valid disorder." The complete statement is signed by 75 prominent medical and psychology professionals of the US and Canada.
The existence of the condition is not in question among serious clinicians, and you do a serious disservice to hundreds of thousands of ADHD sufferers, whether in treatment, or undiagnosed and untreated.
Noni Mausa
Canada
International Consensus Statement on ADHD
http://psych.colorado.edu/~willcutt/pdfs/Bark...
You failed to disclose wether or not your group rcvd any Industry Funding!!! What is said in Canada, should stay in Canada.
Sincerely,
A Episcopal Mom from NJ
Jason

United States

#10 Jan 30, 2008
"Strattera was developed in the 1980s by the same Indianapolis- based Lilly neuroscience group that discovered Prozac. In fact, Strattera originally was developed as an antidepressant, but was put on a shelf when Prozac rose to prominence."

Actually, the reason why it did not go to the market as an antidepressant, is because Lilly could not prove to the FDA that there was any actual benefit from Strattera as a treatment for depression. Clinical trials did not should improvement. It was only years later that Lilly approached the FDA again, but this time as a treatment for something else.
Not fooled

Louisville, KY

#11 Jan 30, 2008
Bill wrote:
You have got to be kidding me. Keep in mind that Lilly of course has no diagnostic test for Depression, ADHD, etc. In fact the only indications are from Psychiatrists who have no way to chemically, diagnostically test for these conditions, so they throw drugs at the problem every time rather than actually trying to remedy the problem. Is ADHD real or only an outgrowth of an ever growing financial reward for Psychiatrists, Drug Companies, and Physicians and an excuse by parents and schools to control socially mal-adjusted children from broken homes. In this case, the product Straterra is another offshoot of Sidney Taurel's awful leadership of Lilly and the disembowlment of the companies family-friendliness and agenda for Diversity rather than for family.
Well spoken...and I would add that these new wonder drugs create other problems that they can develop new drugs for. Its actually not about cure but about money and control and the dumbing down of the populace. Between all of the drugs Lilly sells and the mercury they provide for the vaccines, they are MAJOR contributors to all of it.
Alex Mendeleev

Akron, OH

#12 Feb 19, 2008
I'd find Lilly's research more believable if it wasn't sponsored by one of the most profitable industries in America, the pharmaceutical industry.
Laura

Bromley, UK

#13 Dec 10, 2011
I can recommend a reputable pharmacy (Strattera)- http://www.drugs-store-online.com/catalog/pro... I received the order and it was on time and the pills work great.

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