Counterfeit adderallThe United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has issued a warning regarding counterfeit Adderall tablets that are currently being sold over the Internet, according to CNN.

Adderall is approved by the FDA to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ("ADHD") as well as narcolepsy, a sleep related disease.

The FDA discovered that the fake tablets were being marketed and distributed online when a consumer notified Teva Pharmaceutical Industries that he had obtained fake versions of Teva's 30-milligram tablets via an illegal Internet pharmaceutical website. Afterwards, Teva reported the consumers allegations to the FDA.

The counterfeit pills were discovered “by a consumer, who noticed misspellings on on the fake product packaging,” said Denise Bradley, Teva Pharmacautical’s vice president of corporate communications.

Bradley also noted that 2 separate incidents have been reported to the FDA, and that the company along with the FDA continues to avidly investigate the situation.

Teva packages its 30 mg Adderall tablets in individual bottles. Further, the authentic tablets are round, orange/peach in color and have a “dp” imprinted on one side and the number 30 on the other.

The active ingredients in authentic Adderall tablets are dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate.

Meanwhile, analysis of the fake Adderall tablets revealed that they contained tramadol and acetaminophen, which are both used to treat acute pain.

Because both reported instances involved illegal online purchases the FDA noted that “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,” Adderall is presently on the FDA drug shortage list because of a shortage in its active ingredients.

“It is very important that patients purchase product through legitimate channels,” Bradley said. “Websites that do not require prescriptions are not reputable.”

So, Are You Thinking Of Purchasing Prescription Drugs Online?

If So, the FDA Website Offers many purchasing tips for you including:

  1. Make sure that the website requires a prescription,
  2. Has a pharmacist available to answer questions and
  3. Only buy prescription medications from licensed pharmacies located in the United States.

The FDA advises consumers who believe they have obtained a counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30mg tablets not to take the drug and also to contact the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations at 800-551-3989.

Accordingly, all of you out there looking to purchase prescription drugs online better do your due diligence or else you may not get what you are looking for.

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