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Fake Adderall Flooding Internet, Warns FDA

Websites are peddling harmful fake versions of the ADHD drug, as demand rises.

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By Valerie Tejeda

05/30/12

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The FDA issued a warning yesterday that rogue websites are distributing fake Adderall drugs: marketed as treatment for attention deficit disorder, the phony meds actually contain active ingredients for pain management. "Consumers should be extra cautious when buying their medicines from online sources," said the FDA in a statement. The counterfeit drugs are said to be harmful and ineffective, and consumers are cautioned to dispose of them immediately. According to the FDA, with prescriptions for Adderall on the rise, the drug is in short supply, leading more people to purchase online. The popular stimulant is made from a controlled substance that is highly addictive and commonly abused—especially by teens, college students, and—perhaps surprisingly—parents. "More adults are reportedly abusing Adderall by taking it when they're not supposed to, which is leading to the shortage,” Fox News reported earlier this month, in a profile of suburban housewives with hidden pill habits. The authentic Adderall 30 mg tablets produced by Teva are orange or peach-colored, embossed with a “30” on one side and a “dp” on the other. They're available only in a 100-count bottle marked with the code (NDC) 0555-0768-02.

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