As Belviq Goes Off India Market, Patent Case May Fizzle
Eisai and partner Sun to take lorcaserin off the Indian market. It remains to be seen whether the Japanese firm sees merit in pursuing a simmering patent infringement suit against Dr Reddy’s, which may need to review its own plans for lorcaserin.
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An Indian court has granted an interim injunction against Dr Reddy’s in a case concerning the alleged infringement of Eisai’s patent on Belviq. Dr Reddy’s, however, claims that Eisai is a “patent squatter” and expects to appeal against the order.
The termination of the Aurobindo-Sandoz deal isn’t perhaps all bad news for the Indian firm and the flip side may be an improved balance sheet, according to some analysts. But the resolution of compliance issues at manufacturing facilities remains critical.
Aurobindo and Sandoz mutually terminate their planned $1bn deal, leaving many questions on how both sides will re-orient strategies going forward.