US Court of Appeals Upholds Gilenya Compound Patent, Dealing A Blow To Ezra Ventures
Upholding the validity of Novartis’ Gilenya compound patent, a US Court of Appeals ensures that US-based Ezra’s generic fingolimod hydrochloride product will stay off the market until at least 2019. Generics players challenging the blockbuster multiple-sclerosis brand's patents have had mixed fortunes thus far.
You may also be interested in...
Difficulties around damages, fears over first-dose observations and criticism of invalidity challenges all contributed to a US district court judge issuing a preliminary injunction to stop leading generics players launching rivals to Novartis’ Gilenya fingolimod multiple sclerosis brand after the molecule patent expires in August this year.
Mayzent is the first oral therapy proven to delay progression in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and Novartis pharma chief Paul Hudson tells Scrip its $88,500 list price will not affect access.
Sandoz is set to undergo a transformation in terms of operational efficiency, geographic footprint and portfolio offering in a bid to lift its operating margin from the mid-teens range towards 20%.