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Federal court upholds Lilly patent

BY Alaric DeArment

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal court has upheld Eli Lilly’s patent covering a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Lilly said Friday.

Lilly said the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey that had invalidated Lilly’s patent for Strattera (atomoxetine) in a patent infringement case that Lilly had filed against generic drug maker Actavis, when the latter sought regulatory approval for a generic version of Strattera.

"We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Court of Appeals regarding Strattera’s method-of-use patent and remain confident that the patent is valid and enforceable," Lilly SVP and general counsel Robert Armitage said. "In overturning the prior district court ruling, we believe that the court fairly applied long-standing patent law principles."

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Lilly, Lupin enter diabetes partnership

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW DELHI — Eli Lilly’s India division and Indian generic drug maker Lupin will distribute Lilly’s insulin products in India and Nepal under an agreement between the two companies announced Friday.

Under the collaboration, Lilly and Lupin will promote and distribute Huminsulin R, Huminsulin NPH, Huminsulin 50/50, Huminsulin 30/70 and Humapen Ergo II. The companies said the deal would double the current customer base.

India currently has about 51 million people living with diabetes and is expected to have 85 million by 2030, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all patients with the disease.

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FDA approves subcutaneous formulation of Orencia

BY Alaric DeArment

PRINCETON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug made by Bristol-Myers Squibb for injection under the skin to treat rheumatoid arthritis, Bristol said Friday.

The New York-based drug maker said the approval of Orencia (abatacept) for subcutaneous injection in patients with moderate to severe RA made it the first biotech drug for RA available in self-injectable and intravenous infusion formulations.

“Physicians now have a new option of a non anti-TNF, with a different mechanism of action, when administering a biologic in a subcutaneous formulation,” Stanford University Medical Center professor Mark Genovese said, referring to anti-tumor necrosis factor medications, biotech drugs that combat RA and other autoimmune disorders, by counteracting a protein that the body uses to combat tumors but also is involved in autoimmune diseases.

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