Oscient Files Patent Suit Over Cholesterol Drug

By Jacqueline Bell (January 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Ethypharm SA have launched a patent infringement lawsuit against Lupin Ltd. over the cholesterol drug Antara.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, was a response to a Paragraph IV certification notice Oscient received last month notifying it that Lupin had filed an abbreviated new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking agency authorization to market a generic version of Antara.

Lupin is looking to sell generic Antara before the patent covering the drug expires in August 2020.

Oscient said Thursday its decision to initiate a suit...

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