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After more than forty years of prescribing Ritalin, the FDA along with the National Cancer Institute called for more testing “because of its widespread use in human medicine and – lack of data on its potential carcinogenicity.” The National Toxicology Program accepted responsibility for conducting trials on carcinogenicity and in June 1993 released results showing that feeding mice Ritalin induced liver tumors including very rare and highly malignant cancers. These results were found at levels close to those routinely prescribed for children. More studies are being planned for testing Ritalin, but the evidence is strong. Animal tests are very good predictors of human health effects. In fact, the International Agency for Research on Cancer suggests that if a chemical is proven to cause cancer in animals, it should be treated as if it were cancer-causing in humans as well.
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