News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Sustained Release Ritalin SR Available Next Week

Novartis New Zealand announced today that the sustained release version of Ritalin (methylphenidate) will become available on 1 November 2000. From this date, the medication, which is used for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy, will be fully funded on the Pharmaceutical Schedule.

Until now, only the 10mg dose of Ritalinhas been available.

Novartis' Head of Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Dr Sean Evans, says that patients who are prescribed sustained release Ritalin SR, will no longer have to take their Ritalin to school.

"Unlike the 10mg Ritalin, Ritalin SR will alleviate the necessity to take a midday dose, and consequently the risk of any problems in schools will be minimised."

Novartis is a world leader in healthcare with core businesses in pharmaceuticals, consumer health, generics, eye-care, and animal health. In 1998, the Group (including Agribusiness) achieved sales of $40 billion and invested more than $4.6 billion in R&D. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis employs about 82 000 people and operates in over 140 countries around the world.

ends

For further information please contact
Dr Sean Evans or Steve Grbic
Head of Medical and Regulatory Affairs Core Communications
Novartis New Zealand tel 09 360 1476
tel 09 828 3149 email steveg@corecom.co.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2021: NZ To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup

New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup will raise the profile of the game locally and provide a valuable economic boost for the game, Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Max Rashbrooke Review: Mahler 7 - NZSO

Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony may be one of the least well-known of its ilk, but Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra made a compelling case for a reassessment. They showed us a work of immense variety, surprising contrast and delicate shades of light and dark. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Strange Overtones - David Byrne's American Utopia Tour

Scotch-born singer-songwriter David Byrne starts each show on his latest world tour stroking a pink brain as he sits alone at a table in a gray three-button Kenzo suit singing a song called Here from his latest album American Utopia. More>>

Governor-General's Speech: Armistice Day 100 Years On

The response was more muted amongst our soldiers at the Front. Many received the news quietly... There was no cheering. The chaps didn’t get excited. It was just a matter of relief. We didn’t celebrate at all. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Fringe Programme: A Celebration Of The Bizarre And Beautiful

Building on a huge 2018 programme that saw 492 creatives take 81 events for ventures around the city for a total of 347 performances, Auckland Fringe returns this summer, running February 19 – March 3, 2019. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland