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Natco Pharma plea on Nexavar patent upheld

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on November 25, 2017 Published on July 15, 2014

Patent on German major Bayer’s kidney cancer drug

Natco Pharma has won another round in the long-drawn-out intellectual property battle surrounding the licensing of an anti-cancer drug.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday upheld the compulsory licence granted to the Hyderabad-based company for German drug major Bayer’s patented kidney cancer drug Nexavar ( Sorafenib tosylate).

According to a press release from Natco, the Nexavar issue dates back to March 9, 2012, when the then Controller General of Patents issued the first-ever compulsory licence to the company to manufacture an affordable generic version of Sorafenib tosylate.

The patent for the original drug is held by Bayer AG. In addition to Nexavar, there are two generic variants of the anti-cancer drug in the Indian market. While Natco Pharma’s drug is called Sorafenat, Cipla’s drug is called Soranib.

Affordable alternative

In March 2012, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board had granted a compulsory licence to Natco Pharma on two crucial points: availability and affordability.

Natco Pharma’s generic version of the anti-cancer drug had been priced at ₹8,800 for a patient’s recommended monthly therapy, way below Bayer’s Nexavar, whose price worked out to approximately ₹2.8 lakh a month.

The Natco Pharma scrip rose 4 per cent on the BSE, closing at ₹1,061.70, after gaining ₹40.80.



Also read: >Bayer to defend IP rights on kidney cancer drug Nexavar

Published on July 15, 2014
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