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Shionogi Sues Itochu Chemical Frontier Over Antibiotic Flomox Infringement

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Shionogi Feb. 19 filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Itochu Chemical Frontier over Flomox (cefcapene), an oral cephem antibiotic drug. ICF is importing bulk powder of the drug material. Shionogi also asked Osaka Customs to suspend the import. Developed and launched by Shionogi in 1997, Flomox's substance patent expired October 2008, however, the crystal patent does not expire until March 2011. (Click here for more - Japanese language
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