Class Action Lawsuits Against the Wellbutrin
Kanner & Whiteley along with Milstein Adelman & Kreger filed class action lawsuit against Wellbutrin generic drug budeprion. The case accused that budeprion XL is not identical to Wellbutrin XL as being claimed. It accuses the drug of causing dangerous side effects, such as seizures, nausea, and insomnia. This prescription drug is also classified as belonging to SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors ) anti-depressants. These drugs have been found to be responsible for a large number of cases related to birth defects.
Wellbutrin is brand name for bupropion. It is an antidepressant drug. Wellbutrin is used for treatment of major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. It works in brain and effectively treats depressive disorders. It is produced by GlaxoSmithKline. It is used for treatment of depression. It improves mood and instigate feeling of well being after using it. It acts by maintaining and restoring chemical balance in brain. It helps to restore certain natural chemicals or neurotransmitters in brain. It is also used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It is also used to help people in quitting smoking. It decreases cravings and withdrawal effects. It is also used to treat bipolar disorder. It is a FDA pregnancy category C drug and its side effects are not known on pregnant or nursing women, it should be avoided or a doctor should be consulted in pregnancy or breast-feeding. Anyone below 18 should not use this drug.
The generic drug budeprion XL is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Impax Labratories and Anchen Pharmaceuticals. The FDA has received hundreds of complaints against side effects of these drugs. It also made patient nonresponsive to even Wellbutrin XL.
The parent drug in Wellbutrin XL, a bupropion hydrochloride drug is bio transformed by many enzymes into several metabolites such as hydroxybupropion, erthyrobupropion, and threohydrobupropion. These metabolites play active role in drug’s anti-depressive effect, revealed the research report. Teva was charged with not ensuring its drugs similarity to Wellbutrin XL. The generic drug produces more adverse side effects compared to Wellbutrin XL.
It can produce side effects such as headaches, insomnia, nausea, dizziness etc. The generic drug uses a matrix of materials that expands when wet. After that it breaks apart to release the ingredient. On the other hand Wellbutrin XL has a membrane. Ingredient are released through this membrane leaving it intact.
Doctors don’t know why their patients suffer problems under budeprion XL. This is because of the numerous misrepresentations in the budeprion XL label, which lead physicians to believe the two pills are exactly the same. The following misrepresentations are taken directly from Budeprion XL’s label.
The lawsuits alleged that the company provided wrong information regarding time to peak plasma concentration for the drug to be approximately 5 hours. Where as FDA data declared it to be two hours. It also accused the company of providing wrong information regarding studies done on them.
Teva was also blamed to hide information regarding the drug even if it was aware of facts regarding the medicine and its side effects. The lawsuit is claiming compensation from the drug company as it put lives of many patients by hiding facts about the drug.