Generic Drugs Banned in Europe But Not in the US

Some of the drugs that are affected by the European ban include the antihistamine fexofenadine (Allegra), the seizure medicine levetiracetam (Keppra), the blood pressure pill nebivolol (Bystolic) and the antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor). There are hundreds more…

Many people don’t realize that their generic drugs may be approved based on clinical tests conducted in India, China and other countries where oversight could be less rigorous than in the U.S. If the data that is submitted to the FDA for analysis is flawed, then we may not be able to trust that the generic drugs are truly bioequivalent to their brand-name counterparts.

Over the last several years there have been numerous scandals involving lax manufacturing practices at generic pharmaceutical firms in India. Now we have learned that some of the companies that do human testing to get generic drugs approved in the first place may also be cooking the books…

2 thoughts on “Generic Drugs Banned in Europe But Not in the US

  1. I have often found the generic version of a med to be far less potent. It’s especially noticeable with one of my pain meds – the generic is only about 2/3 as strong.

    Plus I always worry about about the sources of the least expensive ingredients – they come from countries where corruption is common, so it’s almost guaranteed to be a rip off at best, and downright dangerous.

    But I just can’t afford brand prescriptions anymore, so what can I do?

    I HATE needing all these meds!

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