Momenta Wins Dismissal Of Blood-Clot Drug Antitrust Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (July 27, 2016, 9:43 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday said that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. cannot bring federal antitrust claims against Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. for allegedly suppressing competition of sales of a generic blood clot drug because its alleged injury stems from a prior court-issued injunction, immunizing Momenta from suit.

Momenta and co-defendant Sandoz Inc., which together develop and manufacture enoxaparin — a generic life-saving anti-coagulant drug used in clinical settings to treat blood clots that is sold under the brand name Lovenox — are immunized from Amphastar’s antitrust claims by the so-called Noerr-Pennington doctrine, since a federal court had once enjoined Amphastar from launching...

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