Generic Concerta in Canada: Parallel Problems



This past weekend, I presented at the CADDAC ADHD conference in Vancouver, where I learned that Canadians are dealing with their own generic Concerta.

CADDAC stands for Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada; it is the national advocacy organization.  Heidi Bernhardt’s is the steady hand steering much of the ongoing progress in Canada around ADHD awareness, including organizing conferences and working on public policy. If you live in Canada and have ADHD, be glad that Heidi is in your corner!

We talked about Canada’s challenges with generic Concerta (different manufacturers than in U.S.). When I asked Heidi to provide an update for my blog’s Canadian readers, she responded with this:

“We are having very similar issues with the generic Concerta that is available in Canada, Teva Methylphenidate ER-C. To access additional information on this please click on this link at the CADDAC web site (no longer on the site). Dr. Kenny Handelman’s blog post on the topic is also excellent (also no longer on the site).

“We are currently surveying medical practitioners to discover how much of an issue they are finding generic mental health medications. It seems that sensitivities to alterations in mental health medications are greater and cause more fallout than with other medications.

“If you would like to let CADDAC know about issues that you have had or are having with generic medication, please send an e-mail to me, Heidi Bernhardt.

“We also encourage patients to report issues with less efficacy or increased side effects to Health Canada. Health Canada has let us know that nothing will be done unless they hear from enough people.

Heidi Bernhardt
President and Executive Director, CADDAC


7 thoughts on “Generic Concerta in Canada: Parallel Problems”

  1. what does the generic methylphenidate look like? the 10mg
    I read it should say:
    MEP / 10 , APO

    But my 10mg say
    MTP / 10, APO

    Is this correct?

    1. Hi Sue,

      Do you mean for Concerta? This post is about a generic Concerta product available only in Canada.

      The only thing to look for, if you want to know if it’s “real” Concerta: The word “Alza” on the pill.

      If you mean generic Ritalin (methylphenidate), I think there are many different generics.

      In any event, the two phrases you write are the same. Typo?

      I hope this helps.

    2. No typo.
      I recently picked up my prescription in a west Vancouver pharmacy. The vial just says methylphenidate 10mg APX
      The 10mg does not seem to work the same as the last prescription.
      So i started doing research as to what the medication should look like.

      The write ups online say that from apotex,
      The 5 mg should say MTP and the 10mg should say MEP. ( mine are 10mg and say MTP, when they should say MEP)

      I’m wondering if this is the right medication I received.
      I never studies them so closely until now, because they aren’t working as they should.

      I think if you put images of the generics in your site, it may be beneficial.

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  3. Hi Michael,

    Do you mean the CADDAC conference in Vancouver at the start of November? I was there presenting, but I don’t recall talk of Concerta.


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