WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 9 Allergan Inc's (AGN.N)
patent on its Lumigan drug is valid and was infringed by
generic versions of the glaucoma treatment from Teva
Pharmaceutical Industries Inc (TEVA.TA) and Sandoz Inc, a
federal judge ruled.
Lumigan has annual global sales of about $650 million,
making it one of Allergan's biggest prescription eye
Barr Laboratories Inc, a unit of Teva, and Novartis
NOVN.VX (NVS.N) unit Sandoz filed abbreviated new drug
applications (ANDA) in 2009 to make a generic version of the
drug. Allergan sued, claiming patent infringement.
Delaware District Court judge Sue Robinson ruled on
Thursday that the generic drugmakers failed to prove Allergan's
patents protecting Lumigan were invalid and found the generic
forms infringed those patents.
(Reporting by Tom Hals; additional reporting by Rans Pierson
in New York; Editing by Derek Caney)