December 9, 2006 |
A federal appeals court upheld Friday an injunction preventing Apotex Corp. from selling its generic version of Plavix, a blockbuster blood thinner marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington upheld the injunction issued in August by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
September 1, 2006 |
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis on Thursday won a bid to stop Apotex Inc. from selling its cheaper generic version of the Plavix heart pill, the world's second-biggest-selling medicine. Bristol-Myers shares surged. U.S. District Court Judge Sidney H. Stein in New York ruled that Bristol-Myers and Sanofi were likely to win their patent-infringement suit against Apotex and wouldn't be able to recoup losses if generic sales were allowed to continue.
August 15, 2006 |
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis said Monday that they filed for an injunction against Apotex Corp. to stop the Canadian drug maker from selling a less expensive, generic version of blood thinner Plavix and force it to recall product already sold. The companies also said they had begun discounting Plavix to stem the loss of market share. A hearing on the motion is set for Friday in the U.S.
January 4, 2006 |
Allergan Inc. said it won a ruling temporarily blocking Apotex Inc. from making or selling a generic version of a treatment for eye inflammation. The ruling, issued Dec. 29 by U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins in San Francisco, temporarily prohibits Apotex from manufacturing or selling a generic version of Allergan's Acular in the U.S., Allergan spokeswoman Caroline Van Hove said. Irvine-based Allergan, which also makes the anti-wrinkle drug Botox, sued Apotex over patents for Acular in 2001.
January 1, 2004 |
A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld Allergan Inc.'s patent for its top-selling eye drug Acular, blocking Apotex Inc. from selling a competing product. The ruling may help Allergan in a government antitrust investigation. U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins said Apotex could not sell a generic version of Acular until Allergan's patent expired in 2009. Acular is used to treat allergy, photophobia, post-surgical pain and post-surgical inflammation.
May 30, 1991 |
More than a year ago, sister drug companies in the United States and Canada first laid plans to enter the health marketplace with a low-cost generic equivalent for the most widely used AIDS drug, AZT. Now, with the federal government adding weight to their efforts to break the monopoly held by AZT's manufacturer, Burroughs Wellcome Co., they may get the chance, slicing the cost of the life-extending drug as much as 75% in the process.