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Forest and Caraco settle Lexapro litigation in the US

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Forest Laboratories and Lundbeck have settled US patent infringement litigation with Detroit-based Caraco Pharmaceutical on their blockbuster antidepressant, Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate). The deal paves the way for Caraco to sell a generic version once other companies have begun to do so. Any launch may be delayed, however, as the first of Forest's three Orange Book-listed patents, covering the escitalopram compound, expires in March 2012.



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