Generic Drug Recall Raises More Questions

Posted on 10/8/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLast week’s surprise announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that a popular generic antidepressant is not equivalent to the original drug also raises concerns doctors and patients have had about other generic versions of common medications. In an about-face, the FDA announced it had notified drug company Teva Pharmaceuticals to stop shipping Budeprion XL 300 milligrams, a copycat of the extended-release antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 milligrams, and to remove it from U.S. shelves. The highly unusual decision contradicts …

Choosing An Antidepressant? It’s The Side Effects That Matter

Posted on 12/8/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen it comes to choosing one of the newer antidepressants, a study has found they’re all basically the same — except for their side effects. Researchers looked at 13 antidepressants — including such popular ones as Cymbalta, Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft — and found that they’re all equally effective at treating depression. “They’re interchangeable except for side effects,” David Schlager, of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, told USA Today. As of 2005, some 27 million Americans had taken antidepressants, …