Roche, Teva square off in patent fight

To brand-name drug makers, Teva Pharmaceuticals is something of a Big Bad Wolf: I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your patents down!

Of course, Big Pharma is no defenseless little pig--just witness Novartis' successful (at least for now) shutdown of Teva's copycat Famvir. Now, Roche is suing Teva for producing a generic version of its osteoporosis treatment Boniva, whose patents begin to expire in 2012. The drug racked up $314 million in sales just in the first half of 2007, so it's well worth the legal expense. Roche is asking a New Jersey court to keep Teva's generic version off the U.S. market.

- read the article from the International Herald Tribune

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