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Tribunal sided with generic makers of Olmetec Plus
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Jun 18, 2014 14:35:57
Intellectual Property Tribunal sided with seventeen generic drugmakers of Olmetec Plus, ruling that Daiichi Sankyo’s patent of the composition of Olmetec Plus is invalid.

That patent was supposed to expire in 2021, but some generic versions had been already rolled out since Olmetec went off patent last fall.

A patent specialist of a Korean pharmaceutical company said, “I expected Korean drugmakers would win the patent case. As the tribunal sided with Korean companies, they are now free from patent issues.”

More than a half of the products containing olmesartan come with other active ingredients.

Seventeen companies include Dong-A ST, JW Choongwae, Kukjei, JRP, Kolon, Ahngook, Pharmaking, Ilayng, Ildong, Chong Kun Dang and so on.

Daiichi Sankyo may seek appeal later.
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