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FDA approves form of drug for treating deficit disorder

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WASHINGTON — Waiting at the school nurse's office or interrupting soccer practice to take their medicine may soon be a thing of the past for youngsters with attention deficit disorder.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Concerta, a form of the most common drug used for the disorder that can be taken in the morning and lasts 12 hours.

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association says 4 percent to 6 percent of Americans have the condition clinically known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They include adults; the association estimates that at least half the ADHD children show symptoms into adulthood.