U.S. Supreme Court Denies Review of Tamoxifen Citrate Antitrust Lawsuits
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., June 25, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the United States Supreme Court has denied the plaintiffs' petitions for review of the Second Circuit's decision in Barr's favor in the Tamoxifen Citrate antitrust lawsuits. The Court's ruling ends the antitrust litigation over the 1993 settlement of patent litigation between Barr Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and AstraZenca.
On November 2, 2005, a three-member panel of circuit judges of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the May 2003 dismissal by U.S. District Judge I. Leo Glasser of all of the plaintiffs' claims against Barr and AstraZeneca in the case. The ruling affirmed that the patent litigation settlement agreement between Barr and AstraZeneca did not violate federal antitrust statutes or the antitrust and/or consumer protection statutes of various states.
"We have always believed that our patent challenge settlement related to Tamoxifen Citrate was pro-consumer and pro-competitive, and this has now been definitively confirmed by the courts," said Bruce L. Downey, Barr's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In 1993, as a result of a patent challenge, Barr and AstraZeneca entered into an agreement that resulted in the distribution by Barr of a more affordable version of AstraZeneca's Nolvadex(R) (Tamoxifen Citrate) treatment for breast cancer. That agreement expired in August 2002. AstraZeneca's pediatric exclusivity, which prevented generic competition, expired in February 2003. Barr launched its generic version of Tamoxifen Citrate in February 2003. Approximately 30 class action complaints were filed by consumers and/or third party payors in state and federal courts against Barr and AstraZeneca arguing that the settlement insulated Barr and AstraZeneca from generic competition, and resulted in artificially inflated Tamoxifen Citrate prices. All complaints were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. In May 2003, Judge Glasser issued an order in the case dismissing both the state and federal claims. The plaintiffs appealed Judge Glasser's order to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which affirmed his order on November 2, 2005. On November 30, 2005, plaintiffs petitioned the Court for rehearing and rehearing en banc, which was denied on September 16, 2006. On December 13, 2006, the plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court to hear the case. Today, the United States Supreme Court denied that petition, definitively ending the litigation.
About Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical company that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and is engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. A holding company, Barr operates through its principal subsidiaries: Barr Laboratories, Inc., Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and PLIVA d.d. and its subsidiaries. The Barr Group of companies markets more than 115 generic and 25 proprietary products in the U.S. and more than 1,200 products globally outside of the U.S.
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Posted: June 2007