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TOPIC: Adderall Knockoffs Unapproved, Dangerous - Experts

Adderall Knockoffs Unapproved, Dangerous - Experts 04 Feb 2013 19:09 #32

Adderall Knockoffs Are Unapproved, Potentially Dangerous, Experts Say
By SHELBY WEBB
Jan. 30, 2013

Students hoping to bolster their grades may want to study the ingredients of some new products being marketed as prescription-strength study aides.

Two companies, Gentech Pharmaceuticals and NexGen Biolabs, are engineering products touted as alternatives to Adderall, a prescription drug used to help improve focus in patients diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

While the websites for these Adderall alternatives say there is no prescription needed, they also say their supplements include synthetic amphetamines, the active ingredient in Adderall.

"Some of the chemicals we're talking about are only in prescribed medicines," said Dr. Philip Cole, director of pharmacology and molecular sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "The notion that they're also in dietary supplements is a significant concern."

But Dr. Stan Headley, the medical director at Gentech Pharmaceuticals, said it's difficult to make a direct comparison between the active ingredient in his company's Adderall-like pill, called "ADDTabz," and the amphetamines found in Adderall.

Headley said companies like Gentech take the ingredients in popular drugs and reformulate the compounds to create a very similar product.

"It's a unique niche that we have," he said. "Our product is stronger than something you would find at a health food store, but yet not as potent, not as strong as prescriptions."

Nexgen did not respond to an ABC News request for comment.

Although they may be more potent than a product you could find in a store that sells vitamins, these Adderall knockoffs are listed as dietary supplements, which are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as are prescription drugs.

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