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Roche Tells Court Cipla Fight Not ‘Public-Interest Litigation’

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A lawyer for F. Hoffman-La Roche, a Swiss drug maker, says the lawsuit it is pressing against India's Cipla should not be considered a matter involving the public interest. Roche has filed a suit to stop Cipla from marketing a generic of the Swiss company's Tarceva (erlotinib). Roche lost a motion for an injunction against Cipla on grounds it would have denied patients a drug costing only a third of the cost of Tarceva. The Roche attorney thus is arguing the company already was providing the drug free to patients referred by doctors to its "patient assistance programs," so the lack of access was not an issue. (Click here for more
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