FDA approves first effervescent tablet for osteoporosis


FREIENBACH, Switzerland — The Food and Drug Administration approved an effervescent tablet for treating osteoporosis.

EffRx Pharmaceuticals announced the FDA approval of Binosto (alendronate sodium), a strawberry-flavored tablet designed to dissolve in water that the company called the first treatment of its kind. The drug is designed to treat osteoporosis in menopausal women and increase bone mass in men with osteoporosis. EffRx expects to launch Binosto in third quarter 2012.

"Binosto is a breakthrough innovation for the treatment of osteoporosis, offering those patients that have difficulty with tablets the proven fracture risk reduction of alendronate in a pleasant-tasting and easy-to-swallow buffered solution," EffRx chairman and CEO Christer Rosen said.

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