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Generic Avandamet

Although the first patent for Avandamet (rosiglitazone and metformin) has expired, no generic versions are available. The next patent is set to expire in October 2015. It is possible that a generic version could be introduced at that time.

Generic Avandamet: An Overview

Avandamet® (rosiglitazone and metformin) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. The medication is actually a combination of two different diabetes drugs: rosiglitazone maleate (Avandia®) and metformin hydrochloride (Fortamet®, Glucophage®, Glucophage XR®, Glumetza®, or Riomet®).
In September 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was severely restricting the use of Avandamet, due to the risk of "cardiovascular events" such as heart attacks and strokes. Only individuals who could not control their diabetes on other medications (or those who were already taking the medication and doing well) would be able to take Avandamet.
However, in November 2013, the FDA announced that a careful analysis of the research suggests that there is not, in fact, any increased risk, compared to treatment with standard diabetes medications and that the use of this medication will no longer be restricted.
Avandamet is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is currently under the protection of a patent that prevents any generic Avandamet from being manufactured in the United States. Yet, if you search the Internet for "generic Avandamet," you may find a number of companies selling it. The fact is, these medicines are fake, substandard, and potentially dangerous. There may be generic Avandamet available from another country, but there is really no way of knowing if you are getting genuine Avandamet or not. You should not buy any generic Avandamet until there is an approved generic available.
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