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A patent currently prevents any generic Actonel With Calcium from being manufactured in the United States. The earliest date that a generic version of the drug could become available is November 2011, but that date may be extended due to lawsuits or other factors. Once the patent expires and any lawsuits are resolved, generic Actonel With Calcium will likely become available.

Generic Actonel With Calcium: An Overview

(Actonel With Calcium has been discontinued by its manufacturer. Other forms of Actonel are still available. See the appropriate Actonel articles within eMedTV.com for more information about this medication.)

 

Actonel® With Calcium (risedronate and calcium) is a prescription medication used for osteoporosis. It contains two medications: risedronate (a bisphosphonate) and calcium carbonate. The medication is approved to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
 
Actonel With Calcium is made by sanofi-aventis. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Actonel With Calcium from being manufactured in the United States.
 

When Will Generic Actonel With Calcium Be Available?

At this time, sanofi-aventis has the exclusive rights to market Actonel With Calcium until at least November 2011. This is the earliest possible date that a generic version of the drug could become available. However, other circumstances could come up to extend the exclusivity period beyond 2011. This could include such things as lawsuits or other patents for specific Actonel With Calcium uses. There have already been several lawsuits examining the issue of Actonel patents, and more lawsuits are likely to occur. Once the patent expires and any lawsuits are resolved, several companies will likely begin manufacturing generic Actonel With Calcium.
 
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