Teva Sues BMS, Pfizer Over UK Blood Thinner Patents

By Lucia Osborne-Crowley (March 16, 2021, 4:28 PM GMT) -- Teva Pharmaceuticals is suing a subsidiary of Bristol Myers Squibb as well as drug giant Pfizer to invalidate the U.K. patent for new formulations of the American pharmaceutical company's blockbuster blood thinner Eliquis.

Teva argued in a newly public Feb. 16 claim that Bristol Myers Squibb Holdings Ireland Unlimited Co. and Pfizer Inc. should have their patents revoked for a new formulation of the blood-thinning drug apixaban, sold on the market as Eliquis. The formulation is designed in a way that makes its absorption into the blood more consistent over the time it is acting on the body, according to the patents....

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