Novartis Sues Generics Maker Over Organ Rejection Drug

By Joe Van Acker (September 16, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT) -- Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. hit Roxane Laboratories Inc. with a patent infringement suit in Delaware federal court Tuesday in an effort to block a generic version of Zortress, a medication used to treat organ transplant recipients.

Novartis told the court Roxane violated four of its patents when it filed an abbreviated new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking approval to manufacture tablets containing everolimus, the active ingredient in Zortress. In a Tuesday statement, Novartis said it is prepared to strongly defend its patents.

"Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. strongly believes in appropriately defending the intellectual property rights and patents of...

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