Sanofi, Abbott Sue Glenmark Over Hypertension Drug

Law360, New York (April 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH and Abbott Laboratories sued generics drugmaker Glenmark Ltd. on Thursday, saying that Glenmark's plan to make a generic version of Abbott's high blood pressure drug Tarka threatens to infringe a patent that Sanofi licenses exclusively to Abbott.

The drug, which belongs to a class of drugs known as angiotensin converting enzyme, or ACE, inhibitors, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996. The disputed patent, U.S. Patent Number 5,721,244, was issued to Sanofi in 1998 and in turn licensed to...
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