what pharmicutical company makes metformin?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    almost every Reputed drug company has Metformin in their brand. the good one i know is RANBAXY

    Source(s): dr ab
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  • 1 decade ago

    Both of the above posters are right. Metformin (glucophage) was first developed by Lipha Pharmaceuticals and subsequently licensed to Bristol-Myers Squibb. It was approved by the FDA in December 1994 for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. After the patent expired in 2002, many other companies started to make this version of metformin. There are now more than 15 companies that sell generic forms of metformin on the US market.

    Glucovance, a combination pill of metformin and glyburide), was later developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2000. In the same year, Glucophase XR (extended-release tablet of metformin) was also developed by BMS. Metaglip, a combination pill of metformin and glipizide) was developed as well by BMS, also combining two type 2 diabetes treatments in one pill.

    Finally, Ranbaxy developed a liquid version of metformin, called Riomet. Riomet was approved by the FDA in 2003. This formulation of metformin is mostly for patients who have trouble swallowing pills, as crushing metformin tablets may alter the effectiveness of the pill.

    Source(s): Summary of Metformin development http://www.diabetesmonitor.com/metf-qa.htm Article on Generic Diabetes drugs http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/article.cfm?...
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  • 1 decade ago

    Metformin is the generic name for Glucophage.

    MANY companies make metformin. Glucophage is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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