Judge Rules For Sanofi, Bristol-Myers In Plavix Case

Law360, New York (September 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb got a break in their long-fought battle over blockbuster drug Plavix on Thursday, when a federal judge denied Canadian generic maker Apotex’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction barring a copycat version.

The two pharmaceutical giants co-market Plavix, a blood thinner.

The appeals court has set an expedited schedule for Apotex's appeal of the preliminary injunction, with oral argument scheduled for Oct. 31.

Bristol-Myers and Sanofi-Aventis had argued that lifting the injunction would “inflict further, profound damage upon a patent that the...
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