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FDA issues warning on counterfeit Adderall tablets

Filed May 31st, 2012 Laurie

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public warning about counterfeit Adderall tablets it has recently encountered.

Adderall is a popular prescription drug and is prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug is a controlled substance and is sometimes abused like some other prescription drugs. The drug, not the counterfeit, is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

The FDA has determined through its own laboratory testing that some 30-milligram tablets of Adderall currently available on the market contain the wrong Active Ingredients. The drug has four Active Ingredients: dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate. Instead of those, the FDA has found tablets that contain tramadol and acetaminophen, drugs prescribed to treat pain.

Pharmacists and the public can identify counterfeit Adderall tablets because they are white, round, and have no markings on the pill. The FDA’s warning states, “authentic Adderall 30 mg tablets produced by Teva are round, orange/peach, and scored tablets with “dp” embossed on one side and “30” on the other side of the tablet. Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets are packaged only in a 100-count bottle with the National Drug Code (NDC) 0555-0768-02 listed.”

Adderall is currently in short supply. The counterfeit drugs are likely being sold on questionable Web sites, the agency believes. Teva is continuing to produce the legitimate drugs.

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