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 details Supply Impact Dates Further Details
FOSAMAX ONCE WEEKLY alendronic acid 70mg (as sodium) tablet blister pack
AUST R: 73772
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium

Sponsor:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8988 8428

Deletion from market:
04 Mar 2015

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Low

Reason:
Discontinuation

FOSAMAX PLUS D-CAL alendronic acid 70mg/colecalciferol 140 microgram tablet and 1250mg calcium carbonate tablet composite pack
AUST R: 161137
Active ingredients:
Calcium carbonate
alendronate sodium
colecalciferol

Sponsor:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800818553

Deletion from market:
16 Jul 2018

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Low

Reason:
Discontinuation

DRONALEN PLUS D-CAL alendronic acid 70mg/colecalciferol 140 microgram tablet and 1250mg calcium carbonate tablet composite pack
AUST R: 161182
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium
Calcium carbonate
colecalciferol

Sponsor:
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd

Phone:
1800818553

Deletion from market:
26 Sep 2018

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Low

Reason:
Discontinuation

APO-Alendronate Plus D3 70 mg/140 ug alendronic acid (as sodium) 70 mg and colecalciferol 140 microgram tablet blister pack
AUST R: 220376
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium
colecalciferol

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 88778238

Deletion from market:
29 Feb 2020

Status:
Discontinued

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Limited Availability

Reason:
Commercial Changes

TGA Management Actions:
21/01/19 Other generic by same sponsor available - ALENDRONATE PLUS D3 70 mg/140 ug APOTEX alendronate (as sodium) 70 mg and colecalciferol 140 microgram (5600 IU) tablet blister pack - ARTG 308733.

APO-Alendronate Plus D3 70 mg/70 ug alendronic acid (as sodium) 70 mg and colecalciferol 70 microgram tablet blister pack
AUST R: 220372
Active ingredients:
alendronate sodium
colecalciferol

Sponsor:
Apotex Pty Ltd

Phone:
02 8877 8333

From
21 Jan 2019
to
25 Mar 2019

Status:
Anticipated

Patient impact:
Medium

Availability:
Available

Reason:
Manufacturing

TGA Management Actions:
11/01/19 Sponsor is working to expedite the next shipment.