April 12, 2022 – The FDA and Drug Enforcement Administration have issued joint warnings to online pharmacies saying they are selling Adderall illegally without prescriptions.
Adderall, an amphetamine-based stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, “has a high potential for abuse and addiction and should only be used under the supervision of a licensed health care professional,” the FDA said in the announcement.
The agencies have issued warning letters to mainly two online drug dealers: Kubapharm.com and Premiumlightsupplier.com. Neither site responded to requests for comment before this story was published.
The FDA and DEA encourage customers who purchase stimulants from these sites to dispose of all medicines they have not used and not to buy other medicines online without a prescription.
The warnings come just a month after reports of a new wave of startups turning to TikTok ads to drive online sales of “Scheme II” ADHD medications – including Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Concerta – to impressive app users .
The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 2008, made it illegal for physicians to prescribe “planned” medications – such as opiates and amphetamines – without a personal appointment with the patient in advance.
This law was amended in 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic developed, with the DEA allowing registered practitioners in all states to prescribe “Scheme II-V” medications online without a personal medical evaluation. Schedule II to V medications include drugs such as Percocet and Adderall, but exclude cannabis, a Schedule I drug.
None of the sites targeted by the FDA and DEA were registered with the DEA to publish controlled substances online, the agencies said. According to the statement from the authorities, the online sellers have 15 working days to respond with the steps they plan to take to tackle these violations and prevent them from happening again.
“Consumers can not trust the safety or legitimacy of pills sold on non-accredited sites. DEA calls on anyone seeking controlled medication to obtain a prescription from a trusted medical professional and issue it through a licensed pharmacy,” “said DEA Director Anne Milgram. “We will continue to work closely with our FDA partners to protect the integrity of the prescription drug supply chain and to ensure the safety and health of our communities.”