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Teva Pulls Wellbutrin Generic

Filed October 5th, 2012 Laurie

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is pulling its version of the antidepressant drug Wellbutrin XL, after testing performed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) determined the generic is not equivalent to the branded drug.

The agency will now require other generic companies to test the efficacy of their own branded drugs.

Questions about the generic drug, known as Budeprion XL, first surfaced in 2007 when patients began complaining that it was not as effective as the branded Wellbutrin. FiercePharma.com said that a team of pharmacists and Consumer Labs compared the extended-release brand with Teva’s generic and found the generic released the drug’s active ingredient much faster, and not to the same extent, proving the Teva generic equivalent was not an equivalent at all.

The new findings could mean a sales boost for the brand-name Wellbutrin XL, and could lend to credence to complaints about other generic drugs. The FDA might also be forced to improve upon its generic approval standards, said FiercePharma.

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