Controversy over ADHD guidelines

THE NHMRC has come under fire for lacking scientific rigour and failing to withdraw draft guidelines on ADHD that have been tainted by accusations of conflict of interest.

Disagreement among experts over ADHD treatment is in the spotlight again following revelations that a Harvard professor, Joseph Biederman – whose work underpins many of the NHMRC recommendations – has been sanctioned for failing to declare ties with pharmaceutical companies.

Associate Professor Ian Scott, who recently critiqued conflict of interest in guidelines development, said doctors viewing the draft may be unaware of the controversy and assume it was “just a matter of time” before the advice was deemed valid.

“I don’t think [the NHMRC] should have any draft guideline up there that’s subject to a conflict of interest investigation. I think they should be taken down,” said Professor Scott, director of internal medicine and