Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President and CEO: Haruo Naito) and Eisai Inc. (Headquarters: New Jersey, Chairman and CEO: Hajime Shimizu) today announced that they received court decisions on ANDA-related summary judgement motions for Aciphex® (Active Ingredient Name: rabeprazole sodium, Product Name in Japan: Pariet®) on October 6, 2006 (U.S. Eastern time). Eisai won summary […]

Unlike patent rights, copyright rights spring automatically upon being written (fixed in tangible form) without registration. The general rule is that copyrights are owned by the individual who created the work or copyrightable subject matter. The author of a creative work (including a software application) owns the entire copyright in that work. Ordinarily, the person […]

Authorized generics — brand pharmaceutical products masquerading as generics — are an increasingly common brand tactic aimed at discouraging generic companies from challenging questionable brand patents. With GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Dr. Reddy’s having settled their litigation over generic Imitrex™, and the parties agreeing that Dr. Reddy’s will sell an authorized generic version of Imitrex™ in […]

In Pfizer v. Mylan Labs (02cv1628) a patent infringement action was brought by Pfizer under U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,572,909 and 4,879,303, which cover an amlodipine besylate product sold under the trade name Norvasc®. Mylan filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) for approval to sell generic amlodipine besylate. Mylan certified pursuant to 21 C.F.R. 314.94(a)(12)(i)(A)(4) […]

Earlier, Eli Lilly and Company lost a jury trial in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in the case of Ariad Pharmaceuticals et al. v. Eli Lilly and Company. The jury awarded the plaintiffs approximately $65 million in back royalties and a 2.3 percent royalty on future U.S. sales of Evista and Xigris until the […]

Blawg Review has the insane task of hosting both Carnival of the Capitalists and Blawg Review #80 today. Given the problems they had crashing their server after it choked on all the links, I think you should give them the honor of your presence by visiting this week’s Review. Besides learning all about early marijuana […]

There is now a website that pays doctors to post medical observations, including reports on side effects and off label uses. Needless to say, this has raised some eyebrows. Sermo Inc. runs a website, sermo.com, as a password-protected private forum where raw postings by doctors can be viewed, for a fee, by Wall Street investment […]

Conflicts of interest in the pharmaceuticals area have been in the news quite a bit lately. I don’t think that it indicates any new trend or that the world going to hell in a handbasket. I think if you want to know the root of the issue, you need look no further than the bottom […]