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King Pharma announces intention to fight Actavis’ generic Avinza

BY Drew Buono

BRISTOL, Tenn. King Pharmaceuticals has recently learned that Actavis has filed paperwork with the Food and Drug Administration to make a generic version of their pain medication Avinza (morphine sulfate).

King “intends to vigorously enforce the patent on Avinza” by starting legal procedures that will most likely ending up with the two companies meeting in federal court.  King spokesman James Green said, “The business of generic manufacturers is to challenge as many patents as possible, hoping to win a few.”

At the beginning of the year King acquired all the rights to Avinza from Ligand Pharmaceuticals and has seen revenues of $9 million and $35 million in the first and second quarters of 2007.

Avinza’s patent does not end until Nov. 25, 2017.

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House, Senate pass patent reform bills; industry opposes

BY Drew Buono

WASHINGTON The House of Representatives has passed the Patent Reform Act by a vote of 220-175.

Along with its Senate counterpart, S. 1145, industry leaders have viewed the bill as a means of making the pharmaceutical industry a “much more friendly place for infringers,” said Biotechnology Industry Organization president and chief executive officer Jim Greenwood.

The organization opposes the bill because, it “puts a risk a whole host of innovators,” said Greenwood.  The Bush administration has concerns over the bill regarding limiting court discretion over awards and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association also has concerns over the bill according to president and chief executive officer Kathleen Jaeger.

The administration on Monday had criticized a provision changing how damages are calculated in infringement suits, criticizing the limiting of courts in determining damages. “Making this change to a reasonably well-functioning patent legal system is unwarranted and risks reducing the rewards from innovation—a result that would undercut the other useful reforms in this bill,” it said in a statement.

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Novelos patents proprietary oxidized glutathione structure

BY Drew Buono

NEWTOWN, Mass. Novelos Therapuetics announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had issued a patent number for a compound named NOV-002.

“This most recent addition to our IP portfolio further strengthens Novelos’ proprietary position in the oxidized glutathione field in general and, in particular, around the structure of NOV-002,” said Christopher Pazoles, Ph.D, vice president of research and development of Novelos. “It will also allow us to expand our pipeline to include additional compounds based on this structural motif.”

This is Novelos lead compound in Phase 3 trial for non-small cell lung cancer.  Novelos is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development of remedies for cancer and hepatitis.

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