Drug Makers Sued Over Cholesterol Drug

Law360, New York (January 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Pharmaceutical company Lek is suing two drug makers for alleged patent infringements in the production of blockbuster cholesterol medicine Pravachol.

Lek, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Novartis, has filed civil action against US drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb and Watson Pharmaceuticals for willful and deliberate violation of two patents.

The suit, filed December 29, 2006 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claims the drug makers knew, or should have known, about the patents.

The patents were issued to Lek, in May 2005 and...
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