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Lilly wins further delay in sales of Strattera copies

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Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., the world’s biggest maker of psychiatric drugs, has won a court order extending the ban on generic versions of the attention-deficit treatment Strattera while it appeals a patent ruling.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Thursday said a temporary order imposed last week will continue to allow the court to consider whether copies should be banned until the appeal is decided. The lower court order was set to expire in two weeks.

The court, which specializes in patent law, also set a 35-day schedule for written arguments that would ensure the appeal is heard quickly. Strattera generated U.S. sales of $445.6 million last year, and each day that Lilly can fend off generic competition would translate into an average $1.22 million in sales.

U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh this month invalidated a patent on the medicine, opening the door for generic copies by as many as 10 companies, including Mylan Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Novartis AG’s Sandoz unit.

Generic-drug makers who had challenged the Strattera patent were Synthon BV; Iceland’s Actavis Group hf; Canada’s Apotex Inc.; and India’s Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Cadila Healthcare Ltd.’s Zydus.
 

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  • Think about it
    Am I the only one who has a huge problem with Lilly blocking generics for medicines? If I need a car, I have a choice to buy a Mercedes or a Kia, or anything in between; If I need clothes, I can pay for designer labels or buy at Goodwill. I wisely choose to purchase only those items I can afford. Lilly has fixed it so that one who needs medicine has to pay their outrageous prices, for a necessity, with no option to get the same product at a more affordable price. They are screwing the public to get rich off us, over-paying much of their staff at our expense, to the point many people are not able to get the medicine they need. And I don't want to hear how they have donated this or that to charity. People who need medicine can't get it. Shame on you, Eli Lilly and Co.

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