Processing Magazine

Pfizer wins claim over Mylan

February 28, 2007

The Associated Press reports that attorneys for Mylan Laboratories Inc. have said the generic drug maker will appeal a ruling barring it from marketing a generic version of Pfizer Inc.''s high blood pressure medication, Norvasc. Pfizer sued Mylan in 2002, claiming Mylan infringed on its patent for Norvasc. Mylan acknowledged infringing on the patent, but said it was invalid because it contained the wrong formula. A trial on the lawsuit was held in November and last Tuesday, a U.S. District judge ruled in Pfizer''s favor. In October 2005, Canonsburg, Penn.-based Mylan got FDA approval to make a generic version of the drug but it was not selling it pending the outcome of the federal court suit in Pittsburgh. Pfizer sold $2.5 billion worth of Norvasc last year alone and Mylan expected to make millions on the generic version because if Mylan won the suit, the company would have had an exclusive 180-day right to market its generic competitor.