Is the FDA falling down on generics?

fridaynewsPOST SUMMARY: Eight out of 10 prescriptions written in the United States are filled with the no-brand name, generic version of the drug prescribed by a doctor.  The FDA mandates that generic forms of prescription medication contain the same active ingredient as the brand name, but the agency allows the generic version to use different inactive ingredients, including binders to hold the pill together and time release agents to disperse it.

Every year generic drugs save American consumers more than $200 billion in prescription costs and patients expect them to be the same as branded drugs but that may not always be the case.

A patient recently took the drug Budeprion XL 300 to ConsumerLab.com, which independently tests generic drugs for universities, businesses, hospitals and government agencies, and asked them to test how Budeprion XL 300 dissolves, and whether it dissolves the same way as the brand-name drug, Wellbutrin XL. Here is what happened…..