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Aquestive Therapeutics settles patent infringement case with Par Pharmaceuticals

BY Antoinette Alexander

WARREN, N.J. — Specialty pharmaceutical company Aquestive Therapeutics has reached a settlement agreement resolving patent litigation related to Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) Sublingual Film.

Indivior, a marketer and distributor of Suboxone, joined Aquestive in the settlement with Par Pharmaceuticals, an operating company of Endo International and IntelGenx Technologies Corp.

Under the settlement agreement, Par Pharmaceuticals and IntelGenx agreed to launch their proposed generic version of the buprenorphine and naloxone sublingual film no earlier than Jan. 1, 2023. The patent-infringement litigation has been pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. As required by law, the parties will submit the settlement agreement to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for review.

“This settlement once again demonstrates the value our intellectual property and know-how represent for us and our partners,” stated Keith Kendall, CEO of Aquestive. “We will continue to focus our PharmFilm technology platform on innovating within difficult disease states such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and ALS.”

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Adello Biologics names Amneal co-chairman as CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

Adello Biologics, a U.S.-based biotechnology company headquartered in Piscataway, N.J., has named Chintu Patel as CEO, effective immediately. Patel succeeds Peter Moesta, who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

Most recently co-CEO, co-chairman and co-founder of generic pharmaceutical company Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Patel is now a co-chairman of the Amneal board of directors.

“I am delighted to lead a team of distinguished scientists and professionals at Adello,” said Patel. “Together, we will harness the extraordinary potential of the biosimilars market and transform Adello into a world-class healthcare company that develops important, affordable, accessible medical treatments. I would like to thank Peter for his contributions to advancing Adello’s lead biosimilar candidates towards registration. I wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.”

Patel has more than 20 years of experience within the industry, beginning with his career at Eckerd Pharmacy. He has been recognized by his peers on numerous occasions, including the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Life Sciences Award. He has been a featured speaker at the Hauppauge Industrial Association of New York and serves on the boards of the Long Island Association and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. With his wife, Falguni, Patel created the Irada Foundation, focused on health and education issues.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy and an honorary Doctor of Science from Long Island University.

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Amneal launches first Mephyton generic

BY Antoinette Alexander

Amneal Pharmaceuticals announced on Tuesday the launch of Phytonadione Tablets, USP, 5 mg, the first AB-rated therapeutic equivalent for Mephyton.

The product is available in 100-ct bottles and is now shipping to wholesalers, distributors and direct to the trade.

“We are extremely pleased to bring the first generic alternative for Mephyton to market,” stated Andy Boyer, executive vice president of Commercial Operations for Amneal. “It’s always rewarding to provide the healthcare system with new generics that provide lower cost alternatives and open the door for further competition.”

Annual U.S. sales of the blood-clotting drug were $106 million, according to March 2018 IQVIA market data.

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