Fed. Circ. Upholds AstraZeneca's Crestor Patent

Law360, New York (December 14, 2012, 5:13 PM EST) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed the validity of the patent covering AstraZeneca PLC's cholesterol-reducing drug Crestor, rejecting arguments by generics makers including Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. that it is invalid and unenforceable.

AstraZeneca said in a statement that the ruling means that none of the eight companies that sought to market generic versions of Crestor, which were consolidated as defendants, will be able to do so until the patent expires in 2016. Crestor had sales of $6.6 billion in 2011, according to the company.

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