You should seek the opinion of an Adderall attorney who specializes in pharmaceutical injury cases if you think you or a loved one has been harmed by the popular ADHD drug.
Adderall is a powerful amphetamine-based stimulant, and the potential dangers of Adderall (in extreme or rare cases) can include renal failure, heart attacks, strokes, depression, eating disorders, psychosis, and possible sudden death in those with structural cardiac defects.
As a stimulant, Adderall causes an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
It is classified as a Schedule II drug (like cocaine) which have legal restrictions due to increased risk of abuse and addiction.
In addition, taking powerful stimulants during childhood can have long-term effects on brain function, and increase the risk of substance abuse and addiction in adulthood.
Adderall can also cause psychological reactions including agitation, aggression, hallucinations and psychosis.
In February 2006, the FDA released information that Adderall had been linked to approximately 50 to 81 deaths. As a result, the manufacturer (Shire Pharmaceuticals) changed Adderall’s prescription information to include a warning about possible sudden death and life-threatening heart problems.
The FDA has precautioned that although no definitive evidence has been found linking Adderall to sudden death, consumers and doctors should be aware of the risks.
In 2005, Canadian regulators (Health Canada, the Canadian version of the FDA) recalled Adderall in possible connection to 20 deaths due to strokes and heart attacks, fourteen of which were children.
All of the victims had taken the drug as prescribed.
Adderall has since been reinstated in Canada, but with legal restrictions and a black box warning.
Adderall is licensed for use in the US and Canada, but is banned in some countries including Taiwan, South Korea, and Spain. Adderall carries a black-box warning label in most of the European Union, and is not currently available via the NHS in the UK (but similar ADHD medications are).
There have been various individual personal injury cases and class-actions filed against Shire.
There is legal precedent for this as several class-action lawsuits have already been filed by those who claim that they were injured by other popular ADHD medications such as Ritalin, which is also made from amphetamines.
For example, a class-action lawsuit against Ritalin manufacturer Novartis alleged that five children ages 7 to 14 suffered cardiac episodes and hallucinations after consuming the popular ADHD drug.
In addition, Shire was hit with an anti-trust class-action suit in California over anti-competitive pricing practices.
Shire was accused of artificially inflating the price of Adderall for years by trying to keep generic versions off the market which resulted in customers being forced to pay far more for their prescriptions.
The suit was eventually settled by Shire for tens of millions of dollars and part of the suit was thrown out by a federal judge because much of Shire’s behavior was not technically illegal.
If you believe you or a loved one have suffered due to Adderall, you may have grounds for a defective product claim, personal injury, or class-action lawsuit. Your first step is to talk to an experienced Adderall attorney (pharmaceutical injury attorney) who can review and assess your case to determine what your legal options may be.
They often perform an initial assessment for free, and only receive payment if a settlement is agreed. Keep in mind that there is, depending on the state, a statute of limitations (a deadline, often between 1 to 3 years) to file claims, so it is best not to wait.
Also, personal injury cases differ from class-actions and wrongful death lawsuits, but this is something an Adderall attorney can further explore with you.
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My son who has ADHD was prescribed Adderall for a year. As a doctor who treats ADHD I was aware of the potential side effects. However, as more research surfaced followed by subsequent legal restrictions in the EU and Canada, I sought other treatment options.