Patents are in place that currently prevent any company from making generic Binosto (alendronate effervescent tablet). The earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available is August 2023, when the first patent is set to expire. Although alendronate is sometimes called the "generic name" of Binosto, it is simply the active ingredient in the medication and not a generic version of it.
This medication is made by SwissCo Services AG for Mission Pharmacal Company. It is protected from generic competition by patents that have not yet expired.
When Will a Generic Version Be Available?
The first patent for Binosto is set to expire in August 2023. This is the earliest predictable date that a generic version could become available.
However, other circumstances could come up to delay or shorten this exclusivity period. This could include things such as lawsuits or other patents for new Binosto uses. Once the patents expire, several companies may begin manufacturing a generic Binosto drug.
Is Alendronate a Generic Binosto?
No -- alendronate is the active ingredient in Binosto, not a generic version of it. What can be confusing is that the active ingredient of a drug is often referred to as the "generic name." The generic name is different from a generic version of a medicine. In order for there to be a generic version, the original medicine must have gone off patent and another company besides the original manufacturer must make the product.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Binosto [package insert]. San Antonio, TX: Mission Pharmacal Company;2012 July.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 3, 2013.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind.
Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click