Biogen Accused Of Stifling Neurological Drug Competition

By Melissa Daniels (April 4, 2017, 7:05 PM EDT) -- Biogen Inc. is facing an antitrust suit in California federal court filed Tuesday by Ixchel Pharma LLC alleging it attempted to hold a monopoly on drug treatments containing dimethyl fumarate, preventing Ixchel from creating a drug for a degenerative neurological disease.

The complaint claims Biogen specifically stopped a partnership between Ixchel and a competitor to develop a new treatment for Friedreich's ataxia, a debilitating neuro-degenerative disorder. The condition doesn't have an FDA-approved treatment, the complaint says, but Ixchel since 2012 has been working to develop one.

The active ingredient in Ixchel's would-be treatment is dimethyl fumarate, or DMF for short. Biogen's...

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