Epogen Biosimilar Jury Verdict May Ignite New 'Safe Harbor' Battle
Amgen awarded $70m in damages after jury finds certain batches of Hospira's Epogen biosimilar infringed a manufacturing process patent; case offers 'juicy legal issue' for Federal Circuit to address.
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