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AstraZeneca lost patent controversy

Teva has announced that the UK High Court gives positive judgment in the company’s patent case against AstraZeneca.

The case regards the validity of EP 1,085,877 covering the SMART (Single inhaler Maintenance And Reliever Therapy) indication for AstraZeneca’s fixed dose formoterol/budesonide combination product, Symbicort.

Teva said that the court agreed with Teva that AstraZeneca’s patent covering the SMART indication of Symbicort was obvious, and rejected AstraZeneca’s proposed amendments to the patent on the basis that they added matter. The case was brought to facilitate Teva’s European launch of its formoterol/budesonide fixed combination product, DuoResp Spiromax which utilizes Teva’s innovative Spiromax device technology.

“Our DuoResp Spiromax product brings effective treatment to the patient in a device that is intuitive and easy to use,” said Rob Koremans, MD, President and CEO, Teva Global Specialty Medicines. “Yesterday’s judgment is a big step in enabling us to make a difference to people’s lives in the UK and all across Europe.”

Source: Teva