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For Amgen’s PCSK9 patent case, is there any read-through from Court’s summary judgment order to the trial?

On January 18, the District Court in Delaware issued an opinion resolving multiple summary judgment motions filed by both parties.  The key takeaway from that decision is that the case is now teed-up for trial beginning on February 19. But the Court didi highlight some key issues likely to be the focus of the trial.

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Is Boehringer Ingelheim planning to launch its Humira biosimilar at-risk?

Boehringer Ingelheim has been one of the lone holdouts in AbbVie’s ($ABBV) campaign to delay biosimilar competition against Humira® until 2023.  To date, AbbVie has settled with almost all proposed biosimilars for entry dates in 2023.  Is Boehringer going to launch at-risk?

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When did Mylan agree to launch its Herceptin biosimilar?

Mylan’s biosimilar for Herceptin® has FDA approval since December 2017.  Several months earlier, in March 2017, Mylan reached a global settlement with Roche and Genentech regarding their patents covering the drug.  The terms of the settlement have not been made public, which raises the question – when did Mylan agree to launch? 

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Roche prevails on two IPR challenges to Herceptin patents—does it matter?

We previously wrote about Roche’s encroaching biosimilars for Ritxuan®, Herceptin®, and Avastin®.  This week, Roche prevailed on two IPRs covering patents for Herceptin®, but lost a third IPR covering another patent for the same drug. What does this mean? 

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Can Teva’s patents block Lilly’s anti-CGRP Emgality from the market?

The anti-CGRP market is heating.  Amgen’s ($AMGN) Aimovig® received FDA approval in May 2018, and Teva’s ($TEVA) Ajovy® received approval in September.  Hot on their heels, Eli Lilly’s ($LLY) Emgality® just received FDA approval at the end of September.  The drugs will all be sold for essentially the same price of $6900 / year.  Given the tight competition, can Teva use its patents to kick anyone off the market?

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Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

​​​​​​​Boehringer Ingelheim has claimed that AbbVie wrongfully created a “patent thicket” around Humira®, and it is delaying biosimilar competition.  While that defense is unique, and may be hard to prove on its face, the FDA appears to agree with Boehringer.  Did AbbVie create a wrongful “patent thicket” around Humira®?

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Will AbbVie’s latest patent suit against Sandoz mean a Humira-biosimilar before 2023?

AbbVie ($ABBV) has commenced its latest litigation in its campaign to keep biosimilars for Humira® at bay.  On August 10, AbbVie brought suit against Sandoz ($NVS) asserting that two of AbbVie’s patents will be infringed by Sandoz’s proposed biosimilar.  Sandoz is the fifth biosimilar to throw its hat in the ring.  Does this increase the odds of the US market seeing a biosimilar for Humira® before 2023?

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How long can Roche keep back biosimilars for Avastin®, Herceptin® or Rituxan®?

The biosimilars are biting.  And they are biting at three big biologics distributed by Roche through its biotech subsidiary, Genentech.  Roche currently faces pending biosimilar competition against Avastin® (bevacizumab), Roche’s biggest selling cancer drug, Herceptin® (trastuzmab), Roche’s breast-cancer drug, and Rituxan® (rituximab), Roche’s immunotherapy drug.  All three drugs are involved in patent litigations. How long will these cases last? And how long can Roche keep the biosimilars out?

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Why is Amgen doubling-down on its psoriasis patents in the Enbrel® patent case against Sandoz?

The much-anticipated trial in the biosimilar litigation over Enbrel® has been pushed from April, to June and now to September.  Although Amgen ($AMGN) has asserted five patents against Sandoz’s ($NVS) proposed biosimilar, Erelzi®, the focus of the case are the two Roche patents directed to the entanercept protein itself.  And yet, a skirmish has erupted related to one of the three other patents, which collectively cover indications for using entanercept to treat psoriasis indications.

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What is the status of Amgen’s PCSK9 patent lawsuit against Regeneron?

Regeneron ($REGN) and Sanofi released positive topline results from their ODYSSEY clinical trial Praluent®.  In addition was the announcement that prices for Praluent® may be cut.  Investors who may have grown skeptical with the new PCSK9-inhibitor class may now be interested again, which may include the pending patent lawsuit between Amgen ($AMGN) and Regeneron.  What is happening in the case?

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Coherus denied institution on Enbrel® IPRs – how does that affect Sandoz?

The PTAB has denied institution of two IPRs filed by Coherus Biosciences against patents covering Enbrel®’s proteins, the ‘182 and ‘522 patents.  The IPRs were not filed by Sandoz, but they will most likely affect Sandoz.  Sandoz already has FDA approval to market Erelzi®, which is its biosimilar for Enbrel®.  And Sandoz is going to trial against Amgen in April.  How do Coherus IPR decisions affect Sandoz's decision to launch at risk?  Or to settle with Amgen?

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Sandoz lost two IPRs challenging Humira® patents - what does this mean for other biosimilars?

Sandoz was denied institution on two IPRs against Humira® patents owned by AbbVie.  As we previously discussed, in late 2017, Sandoz filed eight different IPRs against Humira® patents.  Two of those IPRs just failed to reach institution.  What are the take-aways, for Sandoz and any other Humira® biosimilars?

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Will Amgen's latest Neulasta® patent loss against Sandoz read-through to other biosimilars?

Sandoz recently prevailed in court against Amgen by showing it does not infringe a patent covering two of Amgen’s drugs, Neulasta® and Neupogen®.  No biosimilar has yet to receive FDA approval for Neulasata® within the U.S.  Sandoz recently announced successful Phase 1 data indicating it may be getting closer.  Further, other biosimilars for Neulasta® are in the works.  Given that Neulasta® accounts for a third of Amgen’s sales, will Amgen’s recent loss in its case against Sandoz read-through to other biosimilars?

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When do biosimilars launch at risk?

The biosimilar statute, Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA, was passed in 2010.  Since then, drug companies have been filing biosimilar applications with FDA.  And even though, FDA has approved only nine biosimilar drugs today, an interesting trend may be emerging: biosimilars may be more willing to launch at-risk than small-molecule generics.

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Can Coherus invalidate Amgen's Enbrel® patents? Part 2

In an earlier post, we discussed the pending IPRs filed by Coherus Biosciences against Amgen’s two patents covering its Enbrel® protein (entanercept).  Whereas our earlier post summarized Coherus’s argument for why the fusion protein claimed in Amgen’s ‘182 and ‘522 patents should be found obvious by the PTAB, this post will summarize Amgen’s preliminary response. 

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What is the Dupixent® patent fight among Amgen, Regeneron and Sanofi all about?

Dupixent® is a recently-released drug forecasted to reach $4B in annual sales.  The drug is a co-venture between Regeneron and Sanofi, which also teamed up to launch Praluent®, one of the two available drugs within the new class of PCSK9-inhibitors.  In the case of Praluent®, Amgen brought Regeneron to court arguing that Praluent® infringed Amgen’s patents and thus the drug should be taken off the market.  Once again, Amgen, Regeneron and Sanofi are back in court.  Amgen has squared off against Regeneron and Sanofi and argued that Dupixent® infringes one of Amgen’s patents.

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Can Coherus invalidate Amgen’s Enbrel® patents?

Amgen’s Enbrel® blockbuster faces encroaching biosimilar competition from Sandoz and Coherus Biosciences.  Coherus Biosciences has filed petitions for inter partes review against Amgen’s two protein patents covering Enbrel®, the ‘182 patent and the ‘522 patent.  The institution decisions are due before the trial:  March 15, 2018 for the ‘182 IPR, and March 13, 2018 for the ‘522 IPR.  If the IPRs are instituted, that could shift the dynamics, and push the parties to agree on an entry date.  What are Coherus's invalidity arguments?

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Does Sandoz have a double-patenting defense to Amgen’s Enbrel® patents?

In February 2016, Amgen brought suit against Sandoz in connection with its proposed biosimilar for Amgen’s Enbrel® blockbuster.  The case is on a relatively fast track, currently scheduled to go to trial later this year in April.  Some investors have inquired about whether Sandoz has a strong obviousness-type double-patenting invalidity defense for the ‘182 patent.

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