Teva launches generic Effexor XR

Jul 4, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Drug Store News

JERUSALEM Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched the first generic version of a drug used for treating depression and anxiety.

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All I can say with certainty Terri is that I viewed the FDA regs on generic drugs and they are quite specific and in no way bear out the what was posted - so what was this pure invention for what purpose-I would be really interested to get a response from VK but doubt that will happen
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dee wrote:
My insurance company will not cover the brand Effexor xr, and they insist that I take the generic form. This could happen to any of us. Please contact the FDA about this issue. I did.
I have the same issue. Did contacting the FDA help?
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David are you saying that what VK wrote about the generics was wrong? I have also researched generics and have read the same thing VK posted. Don't know where at , will have to check again but I do not believe it is something they "invented" . The FDA does not reg these drugs as well as people think or we would not be having these problems. The FDA is a joke.
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Well it would be really easy to establish-
Just need to have a pack analyised by a public or private lab- and if what VK
posted were true- we could sue the manufacturer for all manner of things
including misrepresentation-I haven't got a problem releiving pharma of as much money as possible so would encourage anyone that wishes to - to have thier generics tested

And as the FDA take responsibility effectively for quality control we could sue them as well-so who in thier right mind would put themselves in this kind of position-???
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Well it would be really easy to establish-
Just need to have a pack analyised by a public or private lab

I agree. Not too hard to do right? Common sense. This is America , we are protected Right? Think again!

Wellbutrin was tested by an independent lab after many many complaints . It was shown that it did not release the same.
https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Wellbutri... .

Don't know how much of this you can read without being a member of consumerlab.com [which I am] they won't let you copy and paste or I would.

It still took the FDA 5 years to pull it from the market. Even after consumer lab proved it was not the same!!!
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Postmarke...

NOW TELL ME WHY THE FDA COULD NOT TEST THIS .....MONEY IS WHY. Part of their funding comes from the companies they are suppose to protect us from!
http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-negotiating-more-m...

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_funds_FDA

Another thing is the the majority of the research on new pharmaceuticals is
performed by the pharmaceutical companies themselves.

we could sue the manufacturer

NO! haven't you heard that generic drug manufacturers are protected from litigation from defective drug designs, the Supreme Court is effectively erasing these companies of all liability.

http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2013/06/24/wit...

Research it yourself and see. If you find anything different then let me know.
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hmariewv wrote:
Well it would be really easy to establish-
Just need to have a pack analyised by a public or private lab
I agree. Not too hard to do right? Common sense. This is America , we are protected Right? Think again!
Wellbutrin was tested by an independent lab after many many complaints . It was shown that it did not release the same.
https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Wellbutri... .
Don't know how much of this you can read without being a member of consumerlab.com [which I am] they won't let you copy and paste or I would.
It still took the FDA 5 years to pull it from the market. Even after consumer lab proved it was not the same!!!
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Postmarke...
NOW TELL ME WHY THE FDA COULD NOT TEST THIS .....MONEY IS WHY. Part of their funding comes from the companies they are suppose to protect us from!
http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-negotiating-more-m...
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_funds_FDA
Another thing is the the majority of the research on new pharmaceuticals is
performed by the pharmaceutical companies themselves.
we could sue the manufacturer
NO! haven't you heard that generic drug manufacturers are protected from litigation from defective drug designs, the Supreme Court is effectively erasing these companies of all liability.
http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2013/06/24/wit...
Research it yourself and see. If you find anything different then let me know.
I'll sure have a look at your links - bear in mind VK did refer to 20 percent disparity - so you will understand my difficulty in accepting this- thanks for your considered post and I will get back to you
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Bill Bobaggins wrote:
Everyone who has posted here should go to the FDA website and report this problem. You can do this online by using the folloiwng link:
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/medwat...
(Click the button that says "BEGIN")
As for me, I have had many of the issues mentioned here. Severe acid reflux, nausea, insomnia, irritability, shakes, etc. I never had these problems in the past when I took the brand name version, and I took those for several months. I am also glad I found this forum and glad to know it's not only me that has these issues.
I am going to talk to my doctor about getting the real deal and noting that it's "Medically Necessary" on the prescription (that usually gets the insurance company to pay for it).
I had an issue with generic Effexor when I was taking it and my drug plan would not cover the real...E so I told the pharmacist I would pay out of pocket for it and would he please make the proper complaint on my behalf he said that was part of his job...

I think these companies are going to respond more to the people who sell their drugs then to us.. as they don't seem to respond to any single person really from what I have seen a from letter or some lip service... but enough complaints from say a big chain drug store may open their eyes to cutting into profits problem may wake them up.

Report to you pharmacist too.
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I had an issue with generic Effexor when I was taking it and my drug plan would not cover the real...E so I told the pharmacist I would pay out of pocket for it and would he please make the proper complaint on my behalf he said that was part of his job...
I think these companies are going to respond more to the people who sell their drugs then to us.. as they don't seem to respond to any single person rea lly from what I have seen a from letter or some lip service... but enough complaints from say a big chain drug store may open their eyes to cutting into profits problem may wake them up.
Report to you pharmacist too.
From what I have read so far that seems like very solid advice- from what I can gather problems have arisen from mainly time release generic equivelents- it does put into perspective the distrust that people have of the FDA given the dubious circumstances that were involved in the FDA granting a waiver in a like for like branded - generic comparison-I will attempt to find out what the position regarding generic drugs and liabity is in the UK
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I wrote to Peoples Pharmacy and consumerlab last year to see if they would test Effexor [like they did Wellbutrin]. They said that was one they were considering in the near future.
Frustrating that you can't read the whole link about how they tested it but the end result was that it did not release the same . Would be nice if they tested all generics like that for us.

I had horrible side effects on the generic Effexor. I think the worse one was the whole body tremors,shakes which stopped when I got the brand name. I am so glad that I saw on the internet about the problems people were having with it. Other wise I would still be dealing with it cause my Dr kept telling me there was no difference and that it was all in my head. Its sites like this that have helped me so much. Learning from others who are dealing with the same thing. Better than trying to learn from a Dr who has never experienced taking the drug.
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hmariewv wrote:
I wrote to Peoples Pharmacy and consumerlab last year to see if they would test Effexor [like they did Wellbutrin]. They said that was one they were considering in the near future.
Frustrating that you can't read the whole link about how they tested it but the end result was that it did not release the same . Would be nice if they tested all generics like that for us.
I had horrible side effects on the generic Effexor. I think the worse one was the whole body tremors,shakes which stopped when I got the brand name. I am so glad that I saw on the internet about the problems people were having with it. Other wise I would still be dealing with it cause my Dr kept telling me there was no difference and that it was all in my head. Its sites like this that have helped me so much. Learning from others who are dealing with the same thing. Better than trying to learn from a Dr who has never experienced taking the drug.
Absolutely - Thanks for the insights-you've exploded any delusion I may have had regarding the FDA as a safeguarder of public health- Are you at all optimistic that the FDA will now behave in a more responsible way in terms of more valid testing of branded and generic equivelents- now that this has been highlighted and very much in the pubic domain
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Guess that's a vote of absolutely no confidence then in either the FDA or the Supreme Court- totally understandable

Hopefully as information comes your way from the 'Peoples Lab' you will make us all aware of it
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There is a lot of information on uk web sites including information from trials
which clearly concludes that generic extended release venlafaxine has resulted in far more side effects than it's branded equivelent and it's release rate is less consist than it's branded equivelent.

This doesn't reflect apparently on the core content- venlafaxine- but does clearly implicate the binders used in the medicine

I have not known of anyone in the UK being prescribed the generic xr version
maybe there's a very good reason for that
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I would think there IS a very good reason for the generic not being prescribed. Unfortunately ins. has just dumped people here off the name brand. I have been fortunate enough to get off the anti-depressant since gen. was absolutely no good.
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I should add.....over a lengthy period of time, I weaned myself off and am doing great.
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Sue wrote:
I should add.....over a lengthy period of time, I weaned myself off and am doing great.
It's awfull that your insurance system is so bloody mercenary-at least in your case you used it as an incentive to be medication free and it has worked for you and that's really good
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I believe the UK protects its people better than the USA.
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hmariewv wrote:
I wrote to Peoples Pharmacy and consumerlab last year to see if they would test Effexor [like they did Wellbutrin]. They said that was one they were considering in the near future.
Frustrating that you can't read the whole link about how they tested it but the end result was that it did not release the same . Would be nice if they tested all generics like that for us.
I had horrible side effects on the generic Effexor. I think the worse one was the whole body tremors,shakes which stopped when I got the brand name. I am so glad that I saw on the internet about the problems people were having with it. Other wise I would still be dealing with it cause my Dr kept telling me there was no difference and that it was all in my head. Its sites like this that have helped me so much. Learning from others who are dealing with the same thing. Better than trying to learn from a Dr who has never experienced taking the drug.
I think a lot happens in this industry we never hear about for some unknown reason it media never picks up on it. Unless it is big.
Here in Canada we had a huge issue this spring with chemo drugs... not being the correct strength...
"Ontario is moving to authorize the provincial College of Pharmacists to inspect facilities that mix drugs, closing a regulatory loophole that may have led to more than 1,200 cancer patients receiving diluted chemotherapy treatment.

The Ministry of Health on Friday announced that it was working on a regulation that would make companies like Marchese Health Solutions, which supplied the chemotherapy drugs in question, subject to inspection by the college."

That only hit mainstream media because a patient went to the press and the patient only found out because her treatment had be compromised a big issue with life or death drugs. She was treated at a small hosp would a big hosp have told her I wonder???

There are bigger issue here I only know of because of a friend of a friend works for a big producers... no details as it all on the qt...
But I know a large producer of drugs was closed down completely because this friends friend was laid off for months waiting for them to clean up the facility.
There are so many issue... makes it hard to put even a advil in my mouth.
There was not a word on google or the news of this company having to be shut down... not one word.

My pharmacist has also had an ear full about Effexor withdrawal... especially the fact that I am hypersensitive to other medications and have liver damaged from taking effexor... I always ask how will this drug effect my liver... will my compromised liver have any affect on how this drug works in my body... he knows .... may think me mad but as you may suspect I am far beyond anyone thinking me mad... now that I am finally becoming sane. I figure as the number of people going in there with the same issues and talking the same shit as me add up ... post E users he will learn.I hope they are all talking as much as I am.
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I just received my $4 copay card in the mail, and it will be a blessing! I am on the generic 150mg and doing very well. It works a LOT better for me than Zoloft did.
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David wrote:
Well it would be really easy to establish-
Just need to have a pack analyised by a public or private lab- and if what VK
posted were true- we could sue the manufacturer for all manner of things
including misrepresentation-I haven't got a problem releiving pharma of as much money as possible so would encourage anyone that wishes to - to have thier generics tested
And as the FDA take responsibility effectively for quality control we could sue them as well-so who in thier right mind would put themselves in this kind of position-???
Actually the supreme court has just ruled you can't sue... it is on here too read it you like.
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hmariewv wrote:
Well it would be really easy to establish-
Just need to have a pack analyised by a public or private lab
I agree. Not too hard to do right? Common sense. This is America , we are protected Right? Think again!
Wellbutrin was tested by an independent lab after many many complaints . It was shown that it did not release the same.
https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Wellbutri... .
Don't know how much of this you can read without being a member of consumerlab.com [which I am] they won't let you copy and paste or I would.
It still took the FDA 5 years to pull it from the market. Even after consumer lab proved it was not the same!!!
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/Postmarke...
NOW TELL ME WHY THE FDA COULD NOT TEST THIS .....MONEY IS WHY. Part of their funding comes from the companies they are suppose to protect us from!
http://www.anh-usa.org/fda-negotiating-more-m...
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_funds_FDA
Another thing is the the majority of the research on new pharmaceuticals is
performed by the pharmaceutical companies themselves.
we could sue the manufacturer
NO! haven't you heard that generic drug manufacturers are protected from litigation from defective drug designs, the Supreme Court is effectively erasing these companies of all liability.
http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2013/06/24/wit...
Research it yourself and see. If you find anything different then let me know.
Nothing different just a link to add.. may be the same but not up to reading all the other links to find out.
http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/effexor/T9H5M...

what do we have to do to get some justice take to the streets battle like they do in third world countries... think they are safe as I doubt anybody suffering withdrawal would stand and yell for a wk.. or a day or and hour... kind of stacked the deck and put a damper on any accidental activists running in the streets...

to damaged to protest like that.

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