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FDA warns consumers, healthcare professionals about fake Adderall

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A counterfeit version of a Teva Pharmaceutical Industries attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy drug is circulating online, regulators warned Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning consumers and healthcare professionals that a fake versions of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine) tablets in the 30-mg strength are being sold on the Internet.

The agency said the drug contained the wrong active ingredients, errors on the packaging and pills that are the wrong color. The counterfeit pills, which an FDA lab test found to contain the painkillers acetaminophen and tramadol, are white, while genuine Adderall pills are an orange-peach color.

Genuine Adderall is currently in short supply due to pharmaceutical ingredient supply problems, though Teva is continuing to release the drug as it becomes available, the FDA said. The agency warned that consumers should be "extra cautious" when buying medicines from online sources, as rogue websites and distributors tend to target medicines in short supply.


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Sally Hansen develops new Magnetic Nail Color

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Coty’s Sally Hansen brand has introduced its new Magnetic Nail Color to create a 3D nail effect in seconds.

The formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a pattern on the nail using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron filings in the formula gravitate toward the magnet forming the pattern/design hidden in the magnet.

How it works:

  • Step 1 — Apply one coat of base coat. Shake Magnetic Nail Color to activate. Remove overcap with magnet and set aside. Apply one coat of Magnetic Nail Color to all 10 nails and let dry.

  • Step 2 — Apply a thick second coat of color to one nail and immediately hold the built-in magnet over the nail. Rest the guide just below the cuticle without touching the wet nail polish. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat for all 10 nails and let dry. Finish with a top coat.

The polish in available in the following shades: Ionic Indigo, Red-y Response, Kinetic Copper, Silver Elements, Golden Conduct, Electric Emerald, Graphite Gravity, Polar Purple. It is priced at $9.99 each.

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FDA approves Ranbaxy acne drug

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a branded acne drug made by Ranbaxy Labs, the drug maker said.

Ranbaxy announced the FDA approval of Absorica (isotretinoin), a drug for treating severe recalcitrant nodular acne. The company expects to launch Absorica in the United States in fourth quarter 2012 under an agreement with Canada-based Cipher Pharmaceuticals.

"We are thrilled to make Absorica available as a valuable option for the dermatologist and patients who need treatment for severe recalcitrant nodular acne," Ranbaxy SVP and regional director for the Americas Venkat Krishnan said. "Absorica is a critical milestone in our commitment to serve the dermatology community and will be the flagship brand for Ranbaxy’s specialized dermatology sales force."


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