Sunday, January 9, 2000
An Ohio couple
has sued the makers of Ritalin, alleging that the drug caused
their daughter's death four years ago.
Michael Hall are seeking more than $50,000 from Novartis
Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the death of their 11-year-old
daughter, Stephanie Marie Hall.
the medicine to treat an attention-deficit hyperactivity
She died in
January 1996, a day after her physician doubled her Ritalin
dosage, said Steven Okey, the Halls' attorney. The couple
blames the drug for the rapid heartbeat that caused
filed Thursday in Stark County Common Pleas Court, accuses the
East Hanover company of producing a defective product and
concealing adverse reactions and Ritalin-related deaths.
officials said they could not comment on the lawsuit, but they
did issue a statement that said Ritalin is a safe and
effective therapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity
About 2 million
to 3 million patients in the United States take Ritalin or its
generic equivalent to help treat the disorder,
the company said.