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Health Highlights: Oct. 4, 2012

Health Highlights: Oct. 4, 2012

10/04/12

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Generic Antidepressant Pulled From Market

A generic version of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin is being taken off the market after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration analysis showed that it does not work properly.

FDA tests found that the generic drug Budeprion XL 300 released its key ingredient into the blood faster than the brand name drug. The FDA told Teva Pharmaceuticals to withdraw its generic drug, the APreported.

In 2008, the FDA issued an update that said Budeprion XL 300 and Wellbutrin were essentially the same. That review was conducted after hundreds of patients complained that the generic drug was ineffective or caused side effects such as anxiety, insomnia and headaches.

The FDA's own study of the generic and brand name drug was completed in August, the APreported.

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