* Teva says FDA completes review of marketing application
* Momenta shares down 19 pct
* Teva up 3 pct
(Adds analyst comments, details; updates share movement)
By Shravya Jain
BANGALORE, Jan 25 Teva Pharmaceutical
Industries' TEVA.O (TEVA.TA) copy of blood thinner Lovenox
moved a step closer to approval, sending shares of the current
generic maker of the drug, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA.O),
tumbling 19 percent.
Momenta had in July got U.S. approval to sell its copy of
Sanofi-Aventis' (SASY.PA) drug in partnership with Sandoz, the
generic division of Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG NOVN.VX.
"The near term impact would be severe as Momenta's
commercial revenues are only coming from Lovenox and were Teva
to launch its drug, the terms of the agreement with Sandoz
dictate that Momenta would instead be paid a royalty than a
profit share," Wedbush Securities analyst Duane Nash said.
He sees Momenta earning about $20 million a month in
revenue from its Lovenox copy if Teva's version does not get
approved and only about $5-$7 million a month if Teva's version
In the third quarter, Momenta collected $44.2 million from
On Tuesday, Teva said it got an action letter that
indicates that the Food and Drug Administration has completed
its review of the marketing application for the drug and sought
response to a list of questions.
Teva said it plans to respond to the questions "in the near
Wedbush's Nash says Momenta will fare better in the longer
term, with expectations of higher revenue from its generic
version of Teva's blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.
"The trick for Momenta would be to hopefully have a delay
(in Teva's Lovenox copy getting approved) until they can make
more progress with the other assets," he said.
Momenta sued Teva alleging patent infringement in December.
Momenta shares were down 16 percent at $13.21 on Nasdaq,
after touching a low of $12.81. Teva shares were up 3.34
percent at $54.42 on Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Shravya Jain in Bangalore; Editing by
Unnikrishnan Nair, Prem Udayabhanu)