PARSIPPANY, N.J. (AP) – The drugmaker The Medicines Co. said it filed a federal lawsuit against several government agencies over the denial of an extension for the principal U.S. patent covering the anti-clotting drug Angiomax.
The Parsippany, N.J., company said it filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the Patent and Trademark Office, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The company said the same court had set aside a prior denial of the company’s application and sent the case back to the patent office for reconsideration. But the office issued a new denial about three days later.
The Medicines Co. wants the court to set aside the office’s latest decision and order it to extend the patent.
Spokeswoman Mary Kathryn Covert said the patent expires in May, but the company has exclusivity on the drug until November. That means other manufacturers cannot sell generic versions of it because the company has conducted clinical trials for a possible pediatric use.
The company markets Angiomax in the United States and other countries for use in patients undergoing coronary angioplasty. Angiomax had worldwide sales of $400 million last year.
Shares of The Medicines Co. fell 6 cents to $7.78 in afternoon trading Friday.
Date: March 26, 2010
Source: Associated Press