May 30, 2012- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that counterfeit Adderall medication is being sold online. The regulatory agency said they know of at least two separate cases where people have ordered the ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication online and received counterfeit medication in the form of 30-milligram tablets that contain the incorrect active ingredients.
The FDA warned that the fake pills contain active ingredients that treat pain and not problems with attention and could be harmful to the user. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, as well as others makes the popular medication that has been in short supply since the early part of last year. For that reason, it has become popular on rogue websites as distributors target customers that are feverishly looking for the medication.
The FDA statement released on Tuesday said that extra caution must be taken when purchasing the medication online. The FDA was informed by Teva about the fake pills that were being sold online after it learned of it from customers who purchased the medication online. It is not certain how many customers have purchased the fake medicine online or which websites were selling the fake drug.
Teva, when questioned about the fake medication, said they learned of it from one online customer who purchased the medication and was surprised by the misspellings the packaging had. Adderall consists of a controlled substance, making it addictive and could be a potentially abused.