May 30, 2012 2:29 PM by Kirsten Bennett
The popular ADHD drug Adderall is in short supply, leading some consumers to turn to the Internet to find the drug.
Now the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about a counterfeit version of Adderall that is available online. FDA lab tests show the counterfeit Adderall contains the wrong active ingredient. It most likely uses agents to treat acute pain, like acetaminophen.
Experts say fake Adderall pills likely come in a blister package, have misspellings on the label, are white in color and don't have markings.
Authentic Adderall pills are orange or peach in color, have the letters "DP" on one side and the number "30" on the other and are always packaged in a 100-count bottle.
FDA officials say the counterfeit version is ineffective and potentially harmful and that patients should always get their prescription from a pharmacist.