The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday evening that consumers and health care professionals should be wary of counterfeit versions of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Adderall 30 milligram tablets that are being sold on the Internet.
Brand-name Adderall is made by Shire Pharmaceuticals and is approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy, but Teva and other companies make generic versions approved by the FDA. The prescription drug is classified as a controlled substance, meaning pharmacists are supposed to keep closer track of how and when they dispense the drug.
The FDA said its preliminary lab tests revealed that the counterfeit version of Teva’s Adderall 30 mg tablets contained the wrong active ingredients. The correct version of Adderall contains four active ingredients – dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate. The FDA said the fake versions, instead of these active ingredients, contained tramadol and acetaminophen, which are ingredients to treat acute pain.
Adderall is currently on the FDA’s drug shortage list because of active ingredient supply issues.