Archive - Nov 2, 2012

Archive - Nov 2, 2012

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges FDA to Reconsider Reclassification of AEDs

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of reclassifying "pre-amendment class III devices," including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This proposed increase in regulations will have significant public health consequences, due to reduced access to early defibrillation for the nation's victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If regulatory hurdles increase, access to lifesaving treatment with AEDs will decrease. Following is our letter to the FDA.

We urge you to express your concerns to the FDA as soon as possible, before a determination is made. Sign this petition. Or use the sample letter below.

More coverage: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

New Study Reports ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risks

Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.

University of Florida researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million U.S. youths in Medicaid programs in 28 states, and found that the per-year risk of any child suffering a severe cardiac event was about one in 30,000. Severe cardiac events include sudden cardiac death, heart attack and stroke, and are typically caused by underlying heart disease.

Children taking ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin did not have a greater risk of severe cardiac events than other children, according to the study published recently in the British Medical Journal.

The results confirm previous studies that concluded that the use of such stimulants by children and young adults does not increase the short-term risk of serious heart problems.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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