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KIPO sided with generic drug makers of Crestor
by Eui Kyoung Yoon (ekyeun@dreamdrug.com)
Published : Nov 22, 2014 03:29:38
Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) sided with twelve generic drug makers, ruling on November 21 that AstraZeneca’s patent on the use of a cholesterol lowering drug for Crestor 5 mg and 10mg is invalid.

Twelve companies who joined the lawsuit were BC World, SK Chemicals, MSD Korea, Hanmi, Daewon, Boryung, LG Life Sciences, Chong Kun Dang, Yuhan, Dong-A ST, and Kwangdong.

Generic drug makers rolled out their generic versions of Crestor 5mg and 10m in April, regardless of the possible patent issue.

A patent specialist of a pharmaceutical company said, “The ruling came late although the case had been filed before the patent expiration for the substance of Crestor. Now we can market our generic drugs without a risk.”

Industry experts said many pharmaceutical companies challenged the patent because they develop a combination drug of rosuvastatin and ezetimibe.
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