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Generic Fosamax Plus D Availability

Fosamax Plus D is a brand name of alendronate/cholecalciferol, approved by the FDA in the following formulation(s):

FOSAMAX PLUS D (alendronate sodium; cholecalciferol - tablet;oral)

  • Manufacturer: MERCK
    Approval date: April 7, 2005
    Strength(s): EQ 70MG BASE;2,800 IU [RLD]
  • Manufacturer: MERCK
    Approval date: April 26, 2007
    Strength(s): EQ 70MG BASE;5,600 IU [RLD]

Has a generic version of Fosamax Plus D been approved?

No. There is currently no therapeutically equivalent version of Fosamax Plus D available in the United States.

Note: Fraudulent online pharmacies may attempt to sell an illegal generic version of Fosamax Plus D. These medications may be counterfeit and potentially unsafe. If you purchase medications online, be sure you are buying from a reputable and valid online pharmacy. Ask your health care provider for advice if you are unsure about the online purchase of any medication.

See also: Generic Drug FAQs.

Related Patents

Patents are granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at any time during a drug's development and may include a wide range of claims.

  • Method for inhibiting bone resorption
    Patent 5,994,329
    Issued: November 30, 1999
    Inventor(s): Daifotis; Anastasia G. & Santora, II; Arthur C. & Yates; A. John
    Assignee(s): Merck & Co., Inc.

    Disclosed are methods for inhibiting bone resorption in mammals while minimizing the occurrence of or potential for adverse gastrointestinal effects. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions and kits for carrying out the therapeutic methods disclosed herein.

    Patent expiration dates:

    • July 17, 2018
      Sponsor has requested patent be delisted
    • January 17, 2019
      Pediatric exclusivity

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RLDA Reference Listed Drug (RLD) is an approved drug product to which new generic versions are compared to show that they are bioequivalent. A drug company seeking approval to market a generic equivalent must refer to the Reference Listed Drug in its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA). By designating a single reference listed drug as the standard to which all generic versions must be shown to be bioequivalent, FDA hopes to avoid possible significant variations among generic drugs and their brand name counterpart.