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June 7, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Pfizer Inc. and other drug companies have the right to sell unbranded versions of their own drugs even if they undercut sales of generic competitors, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world's biggest generic-drug maker, sued in August to stop Pfizer from selling a lower-cost version of the epilepsy drug Neurontin. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a ruling Friday, said the law didn't prohibit such "authorized generics."
April 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Thursday turned away the claims of generic drug manufacturers and ruled valid a patent for Eli Lilly & Co.'s drug Zyprexa. U.S. District Judge Richard Young in Indianapolis ruled in favor of Lilly on all of the matters in dispute in the case, Lilly said. However, appeals are likely. The ruling is a huge relief to Lilly, Chief Executive Sidney Taurel said.
August 31, 2004 | From Reuters
Mylan Laboratories Inc. said it had withdrawn a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration concerning deals involving the makers of brand-name and generic drugs, but said it might refile the suit with additional complaints. Mylan sued the FDA in early July to protest the agency's support for a practice by some pharmaceutical companies to authorize a generic drug company to sell a version of a particular brand-name drug.
July 13, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A potential trade agreement between Thailand and the United States could derail this country's production of inexpensive AIDS drugs and imperil the future of an anti-HIV program that is widely considered a model for countries throughout Asia, the group Doctors Without Borders said Monday. "If the Thais sign such an agreement, they will have to close down their generic drug production," Paul Cawthorne of the Belgium-based group told a news conference.
February 14, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Allergan Inc., the maker of Botox anti-wrinkle treatments, said the Federal Trade Commission had closed its investigation into whether the company hindered generic drug makers from making copies of its Acular eye drug. Irvine-based Allergan said the decision followed a U.S. District Court ruling in December that concluded the patent covering Acular was valid and enforceable, the company said.
August 20, 2003 | From Reuters
Novartis became the third company to launch a generic version of AstraZeneca's heartburn and ulcer pill Prilosec in the United States, intensifying a multibillion-dollar market fight. Novartis already markets a generic version of Prilosec in Europe through its Sandoz division. The product was developed by Novartis' Slovenian unit, Lek. Germany's Schwarz Pharma successfully challenged AstraZeneca's exclusivity last year, and this month Mylan Laboratories Inc.
June 20, 2003 | Janet Hook, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Thursday approved a long-stalled measure to make it easier to get cheaper generic prescription drugs to market, adding an important cost-control provision to legislation that would expand Medicare to cover pharmaceuticals. The generic-drug measure, a compromise offered as an amendment to the Medicare bill, would close patent-law loopholes that allow brand-name drug manufacturers to protect themselves from competition by delaying the sale of generic equivalents.
June 14, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Aventis and Andrx Corp. improperly conspired to keep generic forms of the blood pressure drug Cardizem CD off the U.S. market, an appeals court ruled. The court said the conduct was a classic example of an illegal restraint of trade. It upheld a ruling by a federal judge in Detroit who said a settlement of a patent suit filed by French drug maker Aventis against Andrx, its generic rival, violated U.S. antitrust laws.
June 3, 2003 | From Reuters
Mylan Laboratories Inc. said regulators approved its application for a generic version of heartburn drug Prilosec. The Food and Drug Administration approved Mylan's application for delayed-release 10-milligram and 20-milligram versions of the drug, and gave tentative approval to the 40-milligram version. It was unclear when Mylan would launch its version of the drug. AstraZeneca, which makes Prilosec, has sued Mylan and other potential generic competitors.
March 29, 2003 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
With an extraordinary amount of angst, a federal appeals court Friday ruled that Allergan Inc. of Irvine cannot block generic versions of its glaucoma drug, Alphagan. The ruling by the three-judge panel in Washington, D.C., brings cheaper knockoffs from Alcon Laboratories Inc. and Bausch & Lomb Inc. a step closer to market. The Food and Drug Administration must approve the generics before they can be sold.
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