AstraZeneca's Crestor Patents Ruled Invalid in Australia - Pharmaceutical Technology

Latest Issue

Latest Issue
PharmTech Europe

AstraZeneca's Crestor Patents Ruled Invalid in Australia

ePT--the Electronic Newsletter of Pharmaceutical Technology

AstraZeneca's three patents protecting Crestor (rosuvastatin) have been ruled invalid by the Federal Court of Australia. The patents include a formulation patent expiring in 2020, a patent related to the use of rosuvastatin for the treatment of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, which will expire in 2021, and a patent for treating hypercholesterolaemia with an expiry date of 2020. These patents were challenged by Apotex, Watson Pharma, and Ascent Pharma.

AstraZeneca has expressed disappointment in the court’s ruling on the validity of these three patents. The company is, however, committed to defending its intellectual property protecting Crestor in Australia. This decision is being carefully reviewed while AstraZeneca continues to evaluate all legal options at this stage, which could include filing an appeal and seeking to maintain existing preliminary injunctions.

A press release from the company has stated that the decision of the Federal Court only applies in Australia and will have no impact on the validity of Crestor patents in other countries. It also does not affect AstraZeneca’s financial guidance for 2013, which will, in accordance with normal practice, be reviewed in conjunction with the announcement of the company's first quarter financial results on Apr. 25, 2013.

Sales of Crestor in Australia amounted to approximately $350 million in 2012.


blog comments powered by Disqus
LCGC E-mail Newsletters

Subscribe: Click to learn more about the newsletter
| Weekly
| Monthly
| Weekly

FDASIA was signed into law two years ago. Where has the most progress been made in implementation?
Reducing drug shortages
Breakthrough designations
Protecting the supply chain
Expedited reviews of drug submissions
More stakeholder involvement
Reducing drug shortages
Breakthrough designations
Protecting the supply chain
Expedited reviews of drug submissions
More stakeholder involvement
View Results
Eric Langerr Outsourcing Outlook Eric LangerTargeting Different Off-Shore Destinations
Cynthia Challener, PhD Ingredients Insider Cynthia ChallenerAsymmetric Synthesis Continues to Advance
Jill Wechsler Regulatory Watch Jill Wechsler Data Integrity Key to GMP Compliance
Sean Milmo European Regulatory WatchSean MilmoExtending the Scope of Pharmacovigilance Comes at a Price
From Generics to Supergenerics
CMOs and the Track-and-Trace Race: Are You Engaged Yet?
Ebola Outbreak Raises Ethical Issues
Better Comms Means a Fitter Future for Pharma, Part 2: Realizing the Benefits of Unified Communications
Better Comms Means a Fitter Future for Pharma, Part 1: Challenges and Changes
Source: ePT--the Electronic Newsletter of Pharmaceutical Technology,
Click here