Cipla moves HC against restraint on Indacaterol-based drug

PTI | | Updated on: Jan 24, 2018

Cipla today moved the Delhi High Court challenging its order temporarily restraining it from manufacturing or selling any drug containing the chemical Indacaterol, used for treating chronic respiratory disease, till it obtains a compulsory licence for the medicine.

The matter was mentioned before a Bench of Justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva who directed that the plea be listed before the appropriate Bench tomorrow.

The petition which has been settled by senior advocate Pratibha Singh was mentioned before the Bench by advocate Bitika Sharma.

Cipla has challenged the High Court’s single judge order of January 9, passed on a plea of Switzerland—based Novartis AG which holds a patent for the Indacaterol maleate salt as well as the manufacturing process for the drug.

Novartis in its interim application had sought to restrain Cipla from selling its product during pendency of the patent infringement suit filed by the Swiss pharma firm.

The court on January 9 in its interim order had restrained Cipla from manufacturing its drug sold under the name of “Indaflo”, but allowed it to sell the stock remaining with it.

It had said the restraint on Cipla would remain till its application for compulsory licence was decided by the relevant authority.

It had asked Cipla to apply for the licence within two weeks of the order, if not already done so, and had directed the relevant authority to decide the same within six months of receiving the application.

Novartis has been selling the medicine in India as an inhalation powder and inhaler under the trademark name of “Onbrez” through its licencee Lupin Ltd, since 2010.

Published on January 13, 2015
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