Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Contempt Suit Agaisnt Natco filed by Bristol-Myers Squibb

Natco Pharma is in news again in the patent world. A contempt suit has been filed against Natco by Bristol-Myers Squibb for violating a court order that prevented Natco from selling a generic version of Bristol's patented cancer drug - Dasatinib (patent granted in 2006). Natco was ordered by Delhi Court to stick to its undertaking that it will not manufacture or sell a generic version of Dasatinib. Economic times reports that Natco has not only denied the allegations but also filed a contempt suit against Bristol-Myers Squibb for "misinterpreting facts to court".

The generic version sold by Natco costs Rs 9,000 whereas Dasatinib costs Rs 1.5 lakh per month, reports Times of India. The pharma world will keep a close eye on Wednesday on the court proceedings to see how the whole thing unfolds. It will be interesting to see how the court handles this situation - whether the whole matter is seen as an issue of compulsory license or as an issue of contempt of court's order.


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