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Generic Launch By Indian Drug Maker Blocked By New Patent Move

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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India's Lupin may not be able to launch its generic version of the blood-pressure drug Altace (ramipril) in June as planned because of an action that could affect all Indian generics makers. Lupin had won its patent challenge against King Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi-Aventis, freeing it to market its generic when the patent expires June 7, but King has filed a citizen petition on a new patent. Other Indian drug makers have been assertive in trying to break patent protection in the United States, but the brand makers are fighting back. King's action requires an FDA review of the petition. (Click here for more
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