Paris and Tarrytown, New York – March 16, 2016 – Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the companies strongly disagree with a U.S. District Court jury verdict that the asserted claims of two Amgen patents for antibodies targeting PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) are valid. Sanofi and Regeneron believe these Amgen patent claims are invalid in the ongoing U.S. patent infringement lawsuit and plan to appeal the judgment. This decision is the first step in this ongoing litigation and does not impact Praluent or our ability to deliver it to physicians and patients at this time.
“It has always been and remains our position that Amgen’s asserted patent claims in this matter are invalid,” said Karen Linehan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Sanofi.
Next steps on damages are to be determined. The judge will hold a hearing to consider a permanent injunction in the near future.
“This is a complex area of law and science, and we believe the facts and controlling law support our position. We look forward to taking our case to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. appellate court that hears all biopharmaceutical patent appeals,” said Joseph LaRosa, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Regeneron. “Praluent was developed with Regeneron’s proprietary science and technology and represents an important medical advance for patients.”
In July 2015, Praluent was the first PCSK9 inhibitor to be approved for use in the U.S. It is indicated for use as adjunct to diet and maximally-tolerated statin therapy for the treatment of adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, who require additional lowering of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Praluent is the only PCSK9 inhibitor available in two starting doses that allow physicians to adjust the dose based on a patient’s LDL cholesterol lowering needs. The effect of Praluent on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not yet been determined.
Important Safety Information for U.S.
Do not use PRALUENT if you are allergic to alirocumab or to any of the ingredients in PRALUENT.
Before you start using PRALUENT, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including allergies, and if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter medicines you are taking or plan to take, including natural or herbal remedies.
PRALUENT can cause serious side effects, including allergic reactions that can be severe and require treatment in a hospital. Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction including a severe rash, redness, severe itching, a swollen face, or trouble breathing.
The most common side effects of PRALUENT include: redness, itching, swelling, or pain/tenderness at the injection site, symptoms of the common cold, and flu or flu-like symptoms. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
Talk to your doctor about the right way to prepare and give yourself a PRALUENT injection and follow the “Instructions for Use” that comes with Praluent.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
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