Mylan Generic Keppra Attorneys
Does the Mylan generic LVT drug for epilepsy work the same as the brand Keppra?
Are generic AEDs safe?
Do generic anti epileptic drugs (AED) work the same as name brand drugs?
The Food & Drug Administration says “Yes”.
But if you ask hundreds of people complaining in drug and epilepsy Internet forums, the answer would be “NO”.
According to the Food & Drug Administration, generic drugs are required to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage form, and route of administration as the brand name. Generic drugs do not need to contain the same inactive ingredients as the brand product.
Various studies relating to generic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) exist. In 2004, researchers investigated generic phenytoin (manufactured by Mylan) after reports of post-generic spikes in seizure frequency. Researchers examined eight adult patients to whom this happened, and found that the mean total PHT concentration decreased from 17.7 mg/L (brand name) to 12.5 mg/L. Researchers concluded that because the generic does not yield equivalent concentrations in some patients, substitution should not be permitted without physician notification.
According to the FDA, generic drugs are safe, effective and FDA-approved. People can use them with total confidence.
Taken from an online forum, this personal experience does not instill confidence in the safety of Mylan generic Keppra:
“I did great on Keppra and got to get off it a year later but had a seizure six months later. I was put back on Keppra 250 mg in the morning and 500 mg before bed. I was on it until late 2008 until a pharmacist changed it from brand name Keppra to the generic of Keppra manufactured by Mylan without my family’s permission or the neurologist’s permission. Ever since starting the generic I have not been able to go to school, or do any of my activities that I usually do. I went from having no side effects on brand name Keppra, to having 17 of the 32 side effects on the Mylan generic Keppra.”
According to the FDA, generic drugs are less expensive because generic manufacturers don’t have the investment costs that the developer of a new drug has.
Does this personal account sound like the only difference between name brand Keppra and Mylan generic Keppra is investment cost?
“I just had my second TC yesterday which was so horrible and violent I needed to be tied down and sedated. I went 5 years seizure free on regular Keppra. I want to know how the FDA gets away with this. I’d rather just stop taking all my meds. It would have the same effect as being drugged and in the ER twice now on Mylan.”
Do you or a family member have an unsafe Mylan generic Keppra lawsuit against Mylan or the pharmacy that substituted the Mylan generic product without your consent? Contact the generic Keppra injury lawyers at Anapol Schwartz today at (866) 735-2792 for a free, confidential consultation.