ADHD in the News 2024-06-20

Struggling telehealth company exploited Adderall sales for profit, prosecutors say

Tens of thousands of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could face disruptions to treatment after a major telehealth company was accused of selling millions of Adderall pills without securely confirming an ADHD diagnosis, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

A.D.H.D. Startup Executives Accused of $100 Million Fraud in Adderall Scheme

Patients using Done or similar telehealth platforms may experience disruptions in care, health officials warned.

The ADHD Drug Shortage Could Get Even Worse Thanks to One Telehealth Company

An alleged $100 million fraud scheme could affect up to 50,000 people. Here’s what to do if you’re one of them.

TikTok and ADHD Misinformation

KEY POINTS: Many people go to social media sites with questions about ADHD. A study of TikTok videos about ADHD revealed that only one out of five of them was valid. Unhelpful videos were more often by non-healthcare professionals or personal experience. TikTok and other social media platform algorithms are driven by popularity, not accuracy.

Drug Enforcement Administration sends second attempt at a telehealth prescribing rule to executive budget office

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s long-awaited second attempt at a telemedicine prescribing rule has been handed off to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The rule is a major issue for telehealth companies that allow for the prescription of controlled substances, such as Adderall for ADHD, testosterone for transgender men, and buprenorphine for opioid use disorder.

First-Ever Therapeutic Video Game for Adult ADHD Approved By FDA

The FDA has approved EndeavorOTC to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, Akili announced yesterday in a press release. This is the first and only FDA-approved over-the-counter digital treatment for adult ADHD.

Symptom Improvement Found Across Diagnoses With Placebo

Placebo treatment was found to improve symptoms across multiple disorders, though the level of improvement varied from diagnosis to diagnosis, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Sleep disorders in childhood found to increase the risk of developing ADHD symptoms

An investigation shows the close relationship between childhood sleep disorders and the development of ADHD symptoms in preadolescence. The study, recently published in the European Journal of Pediatrics, represents important progress in understanding the causes of ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting around 7.5% of children.

Teenagers with ADHD more likely to self-harm, research shows

New research has highlighted the higher risk of self-harm and suicide among teenagers with ADHD and the need for better-tailored intervention strategies. Australian children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to self-harm and exhibit suicidal behavior as teenagers, research shows.

Childhood Physical Health and ADHD Symptoms

Do physical health conditions in childhood affect ADHD symptoms at age 17 years? Researchers investigated these associations in a large cohort study.

Mealtimes can be tough when your child is autistic or has ADHD. Here are 5 tips to try

Gathering as a family for a meal can serve several purposes: from social connection to nutrition. But this can also make eating and mealtimes tricky to manage when someone in the family is neurodivergent.

See the Medical World Through Neurodivergent Doctors’ Eyes

Some 15%-20% of the world's population are neurodivergent, with conditions such as autism, dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and others. With different strengths and challenges around learning, engaging socially, or completing certain tasks, neurodivergent people can face barriers in the workforce.