Lundbeck Pursues Brintellix Infringement Charges In India
Lundbeck seeks to ward off Alembic and Hetero over alleged patent infringing activity pertaining to its depression therapy vortioxetine in India. The product is seen as one of the key drivers of growth in 2021 for the Danish company, which has settled infringement proceedings with over half a dozen generic opponents so far in the US.
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