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Jubilant to work with Endo Pharmaceuticals on drug development

BY Allison Cerra

NOIDA, India An India-based pharmaceutical company has announced it has entered a discovery and development collaboration with a United States-based pharmaceutical company.

Jubilant Organosys, headquartered in Noida, India, announced Thursday that its Bangalore-based subsidiary, Jubilant Biosys, has entered into a discovery and development collaboration with Endo Pharmaceuticals. As part of the agreement, Jubilant and Endo would collaborate initially to develop a portfolio of targets in the area of oncology, with a focus on delivering preclinical candidates that could be selected for joint clinical development.

Endo will own any compounds developed under the collaboration and will be responsible for worldwide commercialization.

Under an initial three-year agreement, Jubilant will receive from Endo research funding and success-based development milestones and royalties on the successful commercialization of the compounds developed.

“We are excited about this opportunity with Jubilant,” said Ivan Gergel, EVP research and development for Endo. “We look forward to our collaboration with the goal of bringing new therapies and healthcare solutions to patients.”

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Senate to vote on drug importation measure

BY Anna Mcgrath

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has dropped his proposal to add the importation of cheaper medicines from other countries to a tobacco legislation.

Dorgan claims that under the amendment, the Food and Drug Administration would be given the power to oversee packaging, marketing and manufacturing of cigarettes and other tobacco products, Reuters reported. Additionally, U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers would also be allowed to import FDA-approved medicines from Canada, Europe and a few other areas for cheaper prices.

The Senate will consider the drug issue separately, Reuters said.

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $5 million for the FDA to get started. Despite presidental backing, drugmakers are unhappy with Dorgan’s bill, claiming that with importation comes the risk for counterfeit drugs.

The tobacco bill passed the Senate on Monday with a 61-30 vote and proceeds to legislation later this week.

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KV Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma settle OxyContin dispute

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS A generic drug company has settled a dispute with a branded drug company concerning the painkiller OxyContin.

St. Louis-based KV Pharmaceutical Co. announced Tuesday that it had entered a settlement agreement with Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma in a patent infringement lawsuit that Purdue filed against KV.

Under the terms of the agreement, KV agreed that Purdue’s patents for OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride) are valid, enforceable and infringed. In exchange, Purdue granted KV limited rights to sell generic controlled-release oxycodone hydrochloride tablets in the United States for an unspecified period of time.

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