Modafinil in the Press


“How Many Silicon Valley Startup Executives Are Hopped Up On Provigil?”

“What’s so funny is that entrepreneurs apparently aren’t interested in typical drugs – instead they find the one that gives them a mental and stamina advantage. Perhaps some enterprising venture capitalist will start requiring founders of their companies to get a prescription in order to close on an investment.”

— Michael Arrington,

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“It’s Wake-Up Time”

“But modatab isn't just for soldiers and sick people anymore. This year, Cephalon submitted to the FDA a supplemental application that would give physicians a free hand to prescribe Provigil for lesser sleep problems, such as shift-work drowsiness. Even without that approval, the drug is attracting a wider market: Truckers, students, and others pulling all-nighters account for a growing portion of Provigil's $200 million in annual sales.”

— Richard Martin,

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“The drugs do work: my life on brain enhancers”

“That's when Paul told me he'd used the drug, and changed my life.”

— MJ Hyland, The Guardian

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“Do ‘smart drugs’ really make us brainier?”

“A survey of 1,400 adults carried out by Nature found that one in five said they had taken Ritalin, Provigil [Modatab brand name in the USA] or beta-blockers to stimulate focus, concentration or memory – not for any medical condition.”

— Philippa Roxby, BBC News

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“Yet on this occasion I had no interest in joining the bright young things drinking vodka from coffee mugs. This wasn’t any virtue on my part. It was down to a drug: modatab, an aid to concentration. I sat at my desk, head in an essay. I scarcely noticed the party until I looked up and saw it had finished. I had finished the essay too: 2,000 words in an hour and a half.”

— Ed Cumming, INTELLIGENT LIFE Magazine

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“Cognitive enhancement – All on the mind”

“Earlier this year, Nature, one of the world's leading scientific journals, carried out an informal survey of its (mostly scientific) readers. One in five of the 1,400 people who responded said they had taken Ritalin, Provigil [Modatab brand name in the USA] or beta blockers (drugs that can have an anti-anxiety effect) for non-medical reasons. They used them to stimulate focus, concentration or memory. Of that one in five, 62% had taken Ritalin and 44% Provigil [Modatab brand name in the USA].”

— The Economist

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