There are currently several different forms of generic Aredia available on the market. These products are manufactured by a number of different drug companies, including Bedford Laboratories, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, and Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products. Besides generic Aredia powder, there is also a dissolvable form that is not technically equivalent to Aredia but acts just like the medication.
- Treating high blood calcium caused by cancer
- Preventing or delaying bone problems caused by certain types of cancer (breast cancer and multiple myeloma)
- Treating Paget's disease of bone.
Aredia is available by prescription only and is given by IV. It belongs to a group of medications known as bisphosphonates. Aredia is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. However, it has come off patent and is now available as a generic.
Generic Aredia is made by the following manufacturers of generic medications:
- Abraxis Pharmaceutical Products
- Bedford Laboratories
- Mayne Pharma
- Sandoz Pharmaceuticals
- Sicor Pharmaceuticals.
Aredia is available in powder form, which a pharmacist must dissolve in water before diluting to the proper concentration. Some generic manufacturers have chosen to make versions that are already dissolved in water, making it a little easier to prepare. These forms that are already dissolved are not technically equivalent to Aredia but act just like Aredia. Most people would consider them to be equivalent. Generic Aredia strengths (including these non-equivalent dissolved forms) include:
- Pamidronate 30 mg vials (powder form)
- Pamidronate 90 mg vials (powder form)
- Pamidronate 30 mg vials (dissolved form), containing 3 mg of pamidronate per mL
- Pamidronate 60 mg vials (dissolved form), containing 6 mg of pamidronate per mL
- Pamidronate 90 mg vials (dissolved form), containing 9 mg of pamidronate per mL.