Healthcare Industry News: modafinil
News Release - January 10, 2006
Cephalon, Inc. Announces Agreement with Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Regarding Settlement of PROVIGIL(R) Patent LitigationFRAZER, Pa., Jan. 10 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Cephalon, Inc. (Nasdaq: CEPH ) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. to settle its pending patent infringement dispute in the United States related to PROVIGIL® (modafinil) Tablets [C-IV].
In connection with the settlement, Cephalon will grant Mylan a non- exclusive royalty-bearing right to market and sell a generic version of PROVIGIL in the United States. Mylan's license will become effective in October 2011, unless Cephalon obtains a pediatric extension for PROVIGIL which would permit entry by Mylan in April 2012. An earlier entry by Mylan may occur based upon the entry of another generic version of PROVIGIL.
The terms of the agreement are confidential, and are subject to review by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The parties will promptly file a dismissal with prejudice with the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that will conclude all pending litigation between the parties regarding PROVIGIL. This settlement and the previously announced settlements with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its affiliate and Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited do not affect the status of the ongoing PROVIGIL patent litigations between Cephalon and certain other generic companies that are pending in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. These lawsuits claim infringement of Cephalon's U.S. Patent No. RE37,516 ("the '516 Patent") which covers pharmaceutical compositions and methods of treatment with the form of modafinil contained in PROVIGIL. The '516 patent expires in October 6, 2014 and may be extended by six months (to April 6, 2015) upon submission of pediatric study data that is acceptable to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Founded in 1987, Cephalon, Inc. is an international biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to treat sleep and neurological disorders, cancer and pain. Cephalon currently employs approximately 2,500 people in the United States and Europe. U.S. sites include the company's headquarters in Frazer, Pennsylvania, and offices, laboratories or manufacturing facilities in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Salt Lake City, Utah, and suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company currently markets four proprietary products in the United States: PROVIGIL, GABITRIL® (tiagabine hydrochloride), ACTIQ® (oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate) [C-II] and TRISENOX® (arsenic trioxide) injection, and more than 20 products internationally. Full prescribing information for all U.S. products is available at http://www.cephalon.com or by calling 1-800-896-5855.
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