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Caution urged on Ritalin prescribing

GPs in South Wales have been advised to stop prescribing Ritalin (methylphenidate) until a local health board extends its shared-care local development scheme to cover it.

Dr Gareth Hayes, chair of Bro Taf LMC, said a number of GPs were prescribing Ritalin and other drugs, including methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis, in 'good faith' pending the introduction of an extended local scheme. But Bro Taf local health board has delayed a decision until enhanced services cash allocations are agreed by the Welsh Assembly.

Dr Hayes, a GP in Cardiff, said: 'A number of GPs have taken up prescribing Ritalin, which is potentially a drug of addiction and comes with a lot of responsibility. Given the impasse, we would

support any GP who decided to

stop prescribing it.'

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