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The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit urging the court to correct four legal errors in a district court’s antitrust analysis of an alleged reverse-payment agreement involving brand-name pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and...
Pharmaceutical companies Impax Laboratories Inc. and CorePharma, LLC have agreed to divest all of CorePharma’s rights and assets to generic pilocarpine tablets and generic ursodiol tablets, in order to settle  Federal Trade Commission charges that Impax’s proposed $700 million acquisition of...
Pharmaceutical companies Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. have agreed to divest Ranbaxy’s interests in generic minocycline tablets  in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Sun’s $4 billion proposed acquisition of Ranbaxy would likely be...
Global pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has agreed to divest Habitrol, its nicotine replacement therapy patch, to settle FTC charges that its consumer health care products joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) would likely be anticompetitive. GSK currently sells its own nicotine replacement...
FTC alleges that AbbVie Inc. and Besins Healthcare Inc. filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay the introduction of lower-priced versions of AndroGel.
Akorn Enterprises, Inc. and Hi-Tech Pharmacal, Inc. will sell the rights and assets to three generic prescription eye medications and two generic topical anesthetics to Watson Laboratories, Inc., to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that Akorn’s proposed $640 million acquisition of Hi-Tech...
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Thermo Fisher), a leading manufacturer of products used in scientific research, has agreed to sell assets to GE Healthcare to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $13.6 billion acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation (Life) would likely...
Pharmaceutical companies Endo Health Solutions Inc. (Endo) and Boca Life Science Holdings, LLC and Boca Pharmacal, LLC (Boca) have agreed to a settlement resolving Federal Trade Commission charges that Endo’s acquisition of Boca would be anticompetitive. Under the settlement, the companies will...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Mylan, Inc.’s acquisition of Agila Specialties Global Pte. Ltd and Agila Specialties Pvt. Ltd. (collectively, Agila) from Strides Arcolab Ltd.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Actavis, Inc’s proposed acquisition of Warner Chilcott plc would reduce competition in the U.S. markets for four current and future pharmaceuticals. They are:
The Federal Trade Commission issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that require companies in the pharmaceutical industry to report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC and the Department of Justice for antitrust review.
In light of the recent, temporary government shutdown, the Federal Trade Commission is extending the public comment periods for 13 matters that currently are pending before the agency in order to ensure that interested parties have a full opportunity to file comments.  The Commission also...
International drug manufacturer Actavis, Inc. has agreed to sell all rights and assets to four generic pharmaceuticals – three oral contraceptives and an osteoporosis treatment – to settle FTC charges that its proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of drug-maker Warner Chilcott plc would be...
The Federal Trade Commission will require Mylan, Inc., and Agila Specialties Global Pte. Ltd and Agila Specialties Pvt. Ltd. (collectively, Agila) to divest 11 generic injectable drugs as a condition of allowing Mylan’s proposed acquisition of Agila from Strides Arcolab Ltd. (Strides).
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the number of potentially anticompetitive patent dispute settlements between branded and generic drug companies increased significantly compared with FY 2011, jumping from 28 to 40, according to a new Federal Trade Commission staff report.  The study also found that in...
FTC Files Amicus Brief in Support of Rehearing of Ciprofloxacin "Pay-for-Delay" Case The Federal Trade Commission has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, recommending that it hold a rehearing before all the judges ("en banc") of the Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) "pay...
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which invited the plaintiffs in the Ciprofloxacin drug patent settlement case to seek further review by the full court of appeals because...
Today’s decision seems to reflect a growing understanding—first in Congress now in the courts—that brand name drug companies must not be allowed to make pay-offs to their generic competitors to keep low-cost generic drugs off the market. These deals are costing American consumers $3.5 billion a...

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