The company added that Zoledronic Acid Injectionin the 5 mg/100 mL Single Dose Vial is the generic version of Novartis' Reclast
And recently approved Reclast
is a single infusion that prevents postmenopausal osteoporosis for two years or treats osteoporosis for a year.
But bisphosphonates -- such as Merck's Fosamax, Roche's Boniva, Novartis's Reclast
, and Warner Chilcott's Actonel -- remain the most popular option, and can be bought for as little as $10 per month in the US.
review, published in The New England Journal of Medicine online recently, was prompted by a growing debate over how long women should continue using the drugs, known as bisphosphonates, which are sold as generic versions of brands like Fosamax and Boniva, as well as Novartis's Reclast
Similarly, the dosage with which a drug is administrated, can uncover the patient's condition, for example, the drug Reclast
is usually used in lower doses to prevent osteoporosis but is used in higher doses to treat bone cancer.
The NWHN will use all the advocacy tools at its disposal to press the FDA to make changes in how drug companies are allowed to market bisphosphonates like Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast
(as well as the many generic bisphosphonates) to healthy women.
The drugs affected are Actonel; Actonel Plus Calcium; Atelvia; Boniva; Fosamax; Fosamax Plus D; and Reclast
, as well as their generic offspring.
Zometa, given as an infusion, also is sold at a lower dose under the name Reclast
or Aclasta to treat osteoporosis.
[R] (zoledronic acid) prescribing information.
which manufactures the bisphosphonate Reclast
More serious cases of bone loss warrant more serious treatments, such as the annual infusion with Reclast