Daily Dose: 10/9/12

    Antidepressant off the market: Teva Pharmaceuticals is no longer producing its generic version of an antidepressant because the pill does not work correctly, according to a federal study. The Food and Drug Administration ordered Budeprion XL 300 off the market. Results from chemical testing showed the drug releases its most important ingredient faster than Wellbutrin. The FDA completed a study on both of the pills in August and found Budeprion does not release at the proper rate into the bloodstream.

Stay Away from Nut Butters: If you’re a peanut butter lover, check the label. Sunland, Inc. issued a recall of all products manufactured with a “best if used by” date between May 1, 2012 and September 24, 2012. Now all products made at the facility as far back as March 2010 have been added to the recall. The recall covers all previously identified Peanut, Almond and Cashew butter as well as Tahini and Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. Flavored butters and spreads like Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate and Banana Butter are also included in the recall. Washington state health officials have traced the same strain of salmonella that sickened 35 people across the nation to an open jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter from an infected person’s home. There is now a connection between a specific Sunland product and the salmonella outbreak. If you’re a faithful Trader Joe’s shopper, be sure to dispose of any Sunland, Inc. products.

New Treatment for Depression: New research suggests Ketamine can be an effective way to treat depression. “The rapid therapeutic response of ketamine in treatment-resistant patients is the biggest breakthrough in depression research in a half century,” said study author Dr. Ronald Duman, a professor of psychiatry, neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine. Duman and his colleagues discovered ketamine causes the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate in the brain, resulting in the growth of synapses. These are the spaces between nerve cells where information flows from one cell to another. Chronic stress can damage these synaptic connections between neurons, but one dose of ketamine can reverse the damage. For more information about how ketamine is changing depression treatment, check out this article from CBS News.