Two union funds are suing Novartis, claiming that the Swiss drugmaker used "sham" patent-infringement claims to delay a generic version of its blockbuster leukemia drug Gleevec. Though just the latest in a series of legal battles over drug patent settlements, it's the first attempt by purchasers to block one of those settlements, the plaintiffs' lawyers said.
Eli Lilly scored a victory in its patent battle for lung cancer blockbuster Alimta in Europe, as the Court of Appeal in London ruled against Actavis' plan to market copycat versions of the med.
It's been a long legal road for Copaxone, and one that took yet another turn Thursday as the U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the drug's patent for the second time.
Otsuka has finally lost its battle with the FDA to prevent generics of its antipsychotic Abilify from hitting the market. A federal judge issued a final ruling against the Japanese drugmaker, a little more than a month after regulators opened the door for copycat versions of the meds.
Merck scored a victory in its patent battle with India's Glenmark Pharmaceuticals over copycats of the drugmaker's diabetes meds Januvia and Janumet, as India's highest court blocked the generics company from marketing its cheap versions of the drugs in the country.
Gilead Sciences has been able to withstand scathing criticism at home over the prices of its hep C cures, negotiate with stingy price watchdogs abroad and face down criticism in developing countries by giving generics producers access to formulations and technology. But can it stand up to a possible attack by the U.S. military?
Amgen is none too eager for Novartis to roll out its newly FDA-approved biosimilar version of its blockbuster Neupogen, and for now, it's getting its way: A U.S. appeals court has blocked sales of the copycat while the companies resolve a patent dispute.
Drugmakers may be willing to get on board with patent reform, a process they've in the past been blamed for holding up. But first, they have a very clear condition: Congress must help them thwart pharma patent challenger Kyle Bass.
Texas hedge funder Kyle Bass says he's going after drug patents because the pharma industry milks the healthcare system by "evergreening" drug patents. But now, Bass and his Coalition for Affordable Drugs are challenging a patent on Imbruvica, the Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics cancer treatment that was just approved in 2013. Is that evergreening?
Actavis is trying to encourage an appeals court to let it force patients over to a new, patent-protected version of Alzheimer's treatment Namenda. Hundreds of millions in sales rest on the decision. But so far, the judges aren't offering any clues about their answer.