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New ADHD drug subsidised.

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MEDIA RELEASE Minister for Health and Ageing

Tony Abbott MHR

12 April 2007 ABB031/07

New ADHD drug subsidised

A new drug for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) will be listed from 1 July 2007 on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The drug, Strattera® (atomoxetine), will provide treatment for children between the ages of six and 18 years who cannot take stimulants.

ADHD is a behavioural and developmental disorder that affect young children. The main symptoms of ADHD - inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity - contribute to adverse academic and social behaviour, which can have consequences that persist throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

Treatment for ADHD normally involves stimulant therapy, so the listing of Strattera® on the PBS will especially benefit those who are unable to take stimulants.

About 18,000 people will commence Strattera® in the first full financial year of listing.

The listing of Strattera® will add around $101.2 million to PBS and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme expenditure between 2007-08 and 2010-11.

For more information call Mr Abbott's office on ph 02 6277 7220.