PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2014) - The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) -- On March 31, 2014, Judge Andrews in the U.S. District Court of Delaware issued his Trial Opinion in The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc. The case involves Hospira's Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs") seeking approval to commercially manufacture, use or sell a generic version of The Medicines Company's Angiomax® bivalirudin drug product before the expiration of the patents covering this product.
The Delaware Decision follows a September 23-25, 2013 bench trial. With respect to patent validity, the Court held that the two patents in the case, U.S. Patent Nos. 7,582,727 and 7,598,343 were valid on all grounds. Specifically, the Court found that Hospira had failed to prove that the patents were either anticipated and/or obvious. The Court further held that the patents satisfied the written description requirement, were enabled and were not indefinite. With respect to infringement, based on its July 2013 Markman Decision, the Court found that Hospira's ANDAs did not meet the "efficient mixing" claim limitation and thus did not infringe the asserted claims of the '727 and '343 patents. The Court found that the other claim limitations in dispute were present in Hospira's ANDA products.
The Court has not yet entered a final judgment. Any appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit would need to be filed within 30 days of such entry. The '727 and '343 patents expire in 2028.
About The Medicines Company
The Medicines Company's purpose is to save lives, alleviate suffering and contribute to the economics of healthcare by focusing on 3000 leading acute/intensive care hospitals worldwide. Its vision is to be a leading provider of solutions in three areas: acute cardiovascular care, surgery and perioperative care, and serious infection disease care. The company operates in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions with global centers today in Parsippany, NJ, USA and Zurich, Switzerland.
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