Teva Announces Brussels Court Decision To Revoke MSD's European Patent On FosamaxJERUSALEM, Israel, April 11, 2008 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that on April 8, 2008, the Court of First Instance in Brussels, Belgium, decided to revoke the Belgium part of Merck Sharp & Dohme's ("MSD") European Patent No. 1,175,904, due to lack of inventive step. This patent relates to Fosamax® Once Weekly (Alendronate 70mg Once Weekly). This favorable decision follows a similar judgment rendered by the Hague District Court in the Netherlands regarding the same patent two months ago.
The decision may be appealed.
Teva's Alendronate products are subject to multiple European litigations between MSD, Teva and other parties, relating to both Alendronate 10mg and Alendronate 70mg. This patent is currently being litigated by Teva in France, Italy, Sweden and Spain as well as in the European Patent Office.
Teva is already marketing Alendronate 10mg and 70mg in various European countries and may market Alendronate 70 mg in Belgium starting April 15, 2008.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world's leading generic pharmaceutical company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.
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Posted: April 2008