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Teva sues Mylan for patent infringement over Copaxone

BY Allison Cerra

JERUSALEM Teva filed a complaint against a generic drug maker this week, asserting four patents for its multiple sclerosis drug are being infringed.

Teva filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, asserting that Mylan is infringing on four patents related to Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection). Teva also previously filed a separate lawsuit against Mylan in October 2009 for infringement of multiple patents, including all seven "Orange Book" patents, covering the chemical composition of Copaxone, pharmaceutical compositions containing it, methods of using it and processes for making it. Those patents expire in May 2014 and September 2015. No trial date is scheduled.

Earlier this month, Teva also was involved in a patent dispute over the drug with Sandoz and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, in which a district court blocked the generic versions.

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Amneal to open new distribution center

BY Alaric DeArment

GLASGOW, Ky. Amneal Pharmaceuticals will have a grand opening of its newly expanded distribution and sales center next week, the generic drug maker said Monday.

 

Amneal announced the grand opening of the center in Glasgow, Ky., set to take place Monday. Representatives from the municipal and state governments, the Tennessee Valley Authority, state legislators and possibly members of Congress are expected to attend.

 

 

Amneal, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., said the center would create nearly 50 new jobs. The $6.6 million center combines existing sales operations in Glasgow and the distribution center in Fountain Run, Ky.

 

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TeleManager’s iRefill app expands to other smart phone platforms

BY Alaric DeArment

NEWARK, N.J. A smart phone application designed to aid customers at retail pharmacies soon will be available for additional smart phone platforms.

 

TeleManager announced that it would make the application, iRefill, available for the Android and Blackberry, in addition to the Microsoft and Apple platforms for which it already is available.

 

 

The application allows users to order prescription refills and pull up information about pharmacies, such as the address, store hours and a "call the pharmacy" option.

 

 

“The iRefill service was an immediate hit with several of my customers,” said Craig McAlister, owner of Conrad Marr Drug in Yukon, Okla., in a statement on behalf of TeleManager. “Not only are they using it to request refills or call my pharmacy, but they are showing their app to [friends] and colleagues.”

 

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