FDA warns about counterfeit Adderall tablets

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by The Associated Press

Video report by CNN's Rene Marsh

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 11:40 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that a counterfeit version of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Adderall is being sold over the Internet.

The FDA says the product purports to be 30-milligram Adderall tablets, but it does not contain the right ingredients. The pills contain the pain drugs tramadol and acetaminophen instead.

The agency says the counterfeit tablets (pictured above) are white and round, and they do not have any markings like letters or numbers. The fake drugs generally come in blister packs.

Genuine Adderall tablets are an orange/peach color and have the letters "dp" embossed on one side with the number 30 on the opposite side. Adderall 30 mg tablets are packaged only in a 100-count bottle with the National Drug Code (NDC) 0555-0768-02 listed.

Adderall is made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and it is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

The drug is in short supply because of shortages of the active ingredients. FDA said those who distribute counterfeit drugs often target medications that are in short supply.

Consumers who believe they have received counterfeit Adderall should contact the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) at 800-551-3989 or http://www.fda.gov/OCI.

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