Actavis Confirms Generic Absorica® Patent Challenge
DUBLIN, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Isotretinoin Capsules, 10 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg and 40 mg. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Ranbaxy Inc.'s Absorica, which is a retinoid indicated for the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne in patients 12 years of age and older.
Cipher Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Galephar Pharmaceutical Research, Inc., Ranbaxy, Inc. and Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed suit against Actavis on October 29, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its ANDA product prior to the expiration of U.S. Patent No. 8,367,102. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Actavis' ANDA for up to 30 months from the date the plaintiffs received notice of Actavis' ANDA filing or until final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities.
Based on available information, Actavis believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for the generic version of Absorica and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity.
For the 12 months ending September 30, 2013, Absorica had total U.S. sales of approximately $97 million, according to IMS Health data.
Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Actavis has global headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and U.S. administrative headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, USA.
Actavis Pharma markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries. Actavis Specialty Brands is a global branded specialty pharmaceutical business focused principally in the Urology and Women's Health therapeutic categories, as well as Gastroenterology and Dermatology. Actavis Specialty Brands also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology. Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.
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Absorica is a registered trademark of Ranbaxy Laboratories, Inc.
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