alendronate sodium - medicine shortage information

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If you are having difficulty obtaining a medicine that has been prescribed to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. In most cases your doctor and pharmacist will know about the possible substitute medicines to continue your care.

In some cases the Supply Detail section below will provide information about the special arrangements that are in place for your health professional to prescribe or supply a substitute medicine. These may include reference to Special Access Scheme or "Under section 19a"

Product Dose form Sponsor Shortage dates Shortage details
FOSAMAX ONCE WEEKLY alendronic acid 70mg (as sodium) tablet blister pack
AUST R: 73772
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium
Tablet, uncoated Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8988 8428

Deletion from market:
04 Mar 2015

Shortage status:
Discontinued

Reason:
Discontinuation

REDDYMAX PLUS D-CAL alendronic acid (as sodium) 70 mg and colecalciferol 140 microgram tablet and calcium 500 mg tablet composite pack
AUST R: 222679
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium
colecalciferol
microcrystalline cellulose
Calcium carbonate
Tablet Dr Reddys Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: 0427 306 107

From
04 Jul 2017
to
31 Jul 2018

Shortage status:
Resolved

Reason:
Manufacturing