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Generic Drug News: Strattera Patent Upheld, No Generic Strattera Until 2017

A new development in the case over Eli Lilly and Company’s patent on its drug Strattera which treats ADHD. Last year, a district court ruled that Eli Lilly’s patent on its drug Strattera is invalid, opening the market up to cheaper generic copies of Strattera, but this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld Eli Lilly’s patent on the ADHD drug, which means that low-cost, affordable generic versions of Strattera won’t be hitting the market until at least 2017. 

ADHD is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder, primarily characterized by attention problems and hyperactivity. Symptons of ADHD usually begin presenting starting before seven years of age and the condition is considered chronic. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.

It’s a big blow to generic pharmaceutical companies which have been working on generic versions of Strattera for years. At least 7 of the 10 generic-drug makers involved in the case already have tentative U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell generic versions of Strattera, but now the release of those generic counterparts will be on hold until at least 2017 when the key Strattera patent is now due to expire. Teva, Mylan and other generic drug manufacturers had filed the legal challenge to Lilly’s patent for Strattera

Considering a thirty-day supply of brand-name Strattera is currently running about $175, the release of generic counterparts would easily have meant huge savings for the families of many ADHD patients.

“We are pleased with today’s ruling from the Court of Appeals regarding Strattera’s method-of-use patent and remain confident that the patent is valid and enforceable,” said Robert A. Armitage, senior vice president and general counsel for Lilly.

Do you use  Strattera for ADHD?  Tell us about it!

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