The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first generic versions of Zyprexa and Zyprexa Zydus to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder. About 1 percent of Americans have this illness. Symptoms people with schizophrenia have include: hearing voices, believing other people are reading their minds or controlling thoughts, and being suspicious or withdrawn. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder include alternating periods of depression and high or irritable mood, increased activity and restlessness, racing thoughts, talking fast, impulsive behavior, and a decreased need for sleep. "The approval of generic olanzapine offers greater access to a widely used treatment for mental illnesses," said Keith Webber, Ph.D., deputy director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Science in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Having affordable treatment options is good for patients with long-term illnesses that must be carefully managed." Generic drugs approved by FDA have the same high quality, strength, purity, and stability as brand-name drugs. The generic manufacturing, packaging, and testing sites must pass the same quality standards as those of brand name drugs. Generic olanzapine tablets will be manufactured by Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA. Generic olanzapine orally disintegrating tablets will be manufactured by Apotex Inc., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., and Par Pharmaceuticals Inc.
********** Published: October 27, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 28