ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, isn’t just for kids anymore.
Adults in the U.S. have overtaken children in taking medication for the condition and accounted for 53% of the industrywide 63 million prescriptions for ADHD drugs last year, according to data compiled by Shire Plc, which makes the top-selling Vyvanse treatment. That compared with 39% in 2007, the Dublin-based drugmaker said.
The market shift, which refutes the common perception that ADHD is a pediatric condition, has occurred partly because the disorder persists into adulthood, according to studies. More parents of children with ADHD — which leads to restlessness, lack of focus and impulsive behavior — also getting diagnosed amid a growing awareness that it can be inherited.
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