23 , 2000 - Pharmacia, makers of Rogaine Extra Strength
for Men, has had their Rogaine patent extension request
denied by the FDA. As
reported by this site Pharmacia temporarily put the brakes
on the release of an OTC generic 5% Rogaine by filing
a last minute application to the FDA to have their patent
extended. Pharmacia's petition was based on them testing Rogaine
for use in children.
patent was to expire on November 14th, 2000 and several companies
were given conditional approval by the FDA to begin selling
a generic 5% Rogaine equivalent. Alpharma, Copley Pharmaceutical
and L. Perrigo Company were preparing for the release of their
products when they were given word by the FDA that they would
have to wait until it has reviewed Pharmacia's application.
have wasted no time in getting their product onto store shelves
and Costco, a large wholesaler, has already started selling
their generic store branded 5% Rogaine. The cost for a 4 months
supply (4 x 60ml bottles) is $19.99, bringing the cost down
to as little as $5.00 per month. Other manufacturers like Salonceuticals, the makers of Regenepure decided to take a different approach with their 5% minoxidil treatment. The Regenepure Precision Minoxidil Spray is unlike other minoxidil treatments with its innovative swivel nose applicator. This 5% minoxidil spray allows the treatment to target the areas of hair loss without any product waste or mess. This is excellent news for
hair loss sufferers and there is no better time to start using
5% Minoxidil which is still one of the most effective topical
hair growth stimulants on the market today.