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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Rusty, Community Member, asks

Q: how long as Ritalin been on the market

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Terry Matlen, ACSW, Health Guide
4/24/08 8:53am



According to Wikipedia, Methylphenidate (the active ingredient in Ritalin) was patented in 1954.


But it wasn't until several years after the compound's patent expired in 1967 that Ritalin- the brand-name version of methylphenidate- was manufactured by Ciba for the use in treating ADHD in children. Name brand Ritalin is now manufactured by Novartis.


Read more about ADHD medications HERE.



Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
4/25/08 9:09pm



Ritalin has been on the market for quite some time now. It has been vigorously studied and researched throughout the years.


Previously, I posted a brief history of ADHD that you might be interested in:


The History of ADHD


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