Novartis Galvus India Case: Wockhardt Pulls Back?
Legal proceedings around Novartis' Galvus patent in India appear to have taken an interesting turn, with generic challenger Wockhardt indicating that it will retract its application for the revocation of the patent on the diabetes drug.
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