FDA Warns of Fake ADHD Drugs Sold Online

May 30, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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The counterfeit Adderall pills are white, round, and without any markings on either side of each tablet. (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that fake Adderall pills that contain the wrong ingredients are being sold online.

FDA’s preliminary laboratory tests showed that the counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets, which should be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy, contained tramadol and acetaminophen, which are ingredients used to treat acute pain. Adderall is currently in short supply.

“Teva continues to release product as it becomes available,” FDA said in a statement. “Consumers should be extra cautious when buying their medicines from online sources. Rogue websites and distributors may especially target medicines in short supply for counterfeiting.”

Both the authentic Adderall tablets and the counterfeit ones are round, but unlike authentic Adderall tablets, which are orange/peach and have “dp” embossed on one side and “30” on the other side, fake ones are white and do not have any type of markings.

FDA said the counterfeit versions of Adderall should be considered as unsafe, ineffective, and potentially harmful.

FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess told The Epoch Times that it is still investigating the number of counterfeits sold.

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