Otsuka's patent cliff is coming, with the expiration date on best-seller Abilify's IP shield just around the corner. But now, the Japanese pharma has signed a $3.5 billion agreement to pick up Avanir Pharmaceuticals that could help soften the blow.
Teva's been waiting a long time to get its Copaxone patent appeal before the Supreme Court. And now that the court has heard oral arguments, it seems to be divided on the issue.
As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to the U.S. to meet with officials, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has one message for him: Don't back down on drug patents.
Bristol-Myers Squibb is doing its best to rain on Merck & Co.'s immunotherapy parade. No sooner had Merck won FDA approval for its brand-new cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) than Bristol-Myers and its partner Ono Pharmaceutical slapped it with a patent-infringement lawsuit.
Ring up another win for Teva in its fight to roll out a generic of AstraZeneca's Symbicort in Europe--and another loss for aging respiratory blockbusters trying to hoard their market share. The English High Court has sided with Teva in a patent case, invalidating one of AZ's IP shields on the drug.
Eli Lilly won't be able to sell its Lantus copycat--dubbed Basaglar--for at least 30 months because of a patent fight with Sanofi.
Gilead has successfully convinced a panel of arbitrators that competitor Roche has no legitimate claims on Sovaldi, its hep C blockbuster.
Biogen Idec's multibillion-selling multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera is grabbing market share left and right, but Denmark's Forward Pharma says it has a plan to take on the monster seller with its own product.
Sanofi has already slapped Eli Lilly with one patent infringement lawsuit over its Lantus copy, effectively keeping the competitor off the market until at least mid-2016. But now, it's filed another, wider suit.
Teva just won't give up on delaying generic Copaxone. Its latest tactic: filing a citizen petition with the FDA to once again push for full-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials for all copies of its multiple sclerosis med.