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The international drug industry group, IFPMA, the World Intellectual Property Organization and 20 big pharmas have launched Pat-INFORMED, a new patent database that can be used by governments to improve their medicines procurement programs. The R&D-based industry says it clearly links public patent information to registered medicines in a new, user-friendly online gateway. However, the European generics industry body Medicines For Europe says the move amounts to "patent linkage" and will have anti-competitive effects for generics firms.
The English High Court has rejected attempts by Novartis and Roche to stop clinical commissioning groups from offering Avastin to wet AMD patients in a cost-containment move. In a development that has alarmed pharma firms, the court also questioned the exclusive role of the European Medicines Agency in marketing authorizations, saying that CCGs as well as the health technology assessment body, NICE, have competences in that area, and called on the UK regulator to review its guidance on off-label and unlicensed use.
AstraZeneca is being pursued in court for compensation over what a health insurer calls the “unnecessarily high price” that the company charged for Seroquel.
The European Medicines Agency’s key scientific committee, the CHMP, is deciding whether a raft of new products, including Eli Lilly’s galcanezumab, should be approved for sale across the EU. Sarepta’s appeal of the CHMP’s earlier rejection of its marketing application for Exondys is also slated for a decision.