Consumers who purchased the drug Adderall online may have received a counterfeit, faulty medication, the Food and Drug Administration warns. Adderall is commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
The fake Adderall was sold online in 30 milligram tablets. As a federally classified controlled substance, Adderall should always be dispensed by a pharmacist.
FDA testing revealed that the counterfeit drug contained the wrong active ingredients. Instead, the phony drug contained pain killers and are considered unsafe and potentially harmful for people prescribed to take Adderall, the FDA says.
To tell the difference between the fake medication and the real thing, the counterfeit pills are very generic in appearance – white, round, unmarked pills in blister packs. Authentic Adderall 30 mg tablets are an orange/peach color and feature “dp” on one side and “30” on the other side of the tablet. Prescriptions are filled in 100-counts bottle with the National Drug Code (NDC) 0555-0768-02.
There has recently been a shortage of Adderall from its manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, because the active ingredients used to make the drug have been in short supply.
“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,” the FDA wrote in a press release.
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