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Selling Adult ADHD: NPR coverage helps advance drug industry marketing campaign

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director April 17, 2017 at 11:32 AM

Written by Susan Molchan, MD, a regular contributors at, who has previously worked at the FDA, and is a member of the NPA Board of Directors and FDA Task Force. Cross-posted from

Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might be Adult ADHD.”

If you think this sounds like the prelude to a drug commercial you’re not far off the mark. This NPR story reports on a short screening scale or test for adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) disorder as published in JAMA Psychiatry.  The gist of the news was the researchers’ claim that “six simple questions” can reliably diagnose adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. And diagnose it they did: the researchers found that 8.2% of those sampled suffered from ADHD, almost double that found from a comparable study about 10 years ago.

I wish health journalists had asked one simple question in order to give their readers much needed context: Who funded the research? Just follow the money.

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