PARIS and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ordered a new trial and vacated the permanent injunction in the dispute concerning Amgen's asserted patent claims for antibodies targeting PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9). This ruling means that Sanofi and Regeneron will continue marketing, selling and manufacturing Praluent® (alirocumab) injection in the U.S.
In the decision, the Federal Circuit ruled that the trial court erred by (1) excluding evidence regarding written description; (2) excluding evidence on enablement; (3) improperly instructing the jury on written description, holding that the law requires "a written description of the invention", meaning the claimed antibody itself and not the antigen; and (4) improperly granting a permanent injunction. The Federal Circuit affirmed the trial court's ruling that Amgen's patents were non-obvious, which was one of Sanofi and Regeneron's several challenges to validity of Amgen's patents. Because of the improper exclusion of evidence, the court considered the record to be incomplete and concluded at this time that Regeneron and Sanofi are not entitled to judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) on the issues of written description and enablement.
The schedule for the new trial has not yet been determined. The companies do not anticipate any new trial proceedings to start in 2017.
"We are pleased with the Federal Circuit's decision to remand for a new trial that allows us to present our complete evidence to the jury," said Karen Linehan, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Sanofi. "It is our longstanding position that Amgen's asserted patent claims are invalid, and we remain confident in the long-term availability of Praluent for patients."
Praluent was the first PCSK9 antibody 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 antibody that offers two biweekly doses (75 mg and 150 mg) with two levels of efficacy, allowing healthcare providers the flexibility to adjust the therapeutic dose based on their patient's LDL cholesterol-lowering needs. Praluent is also available as a 300 mg, once-monthly dosing option (every four weeks) in the U.S. The effect of Praluent on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.
"We continue to believe that the law and facts support our position, and we look forward to presenting our complete evidence at trial to a new jury," said Joseph J. LaRosa, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Regeneron. "Praluent represents an important medical advancement for patients, and we remain confident in the meaningful value that Praluent provides not only to patients, but to the overall healthcare system."
Important Safety Information for the 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.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi is organized into five global business units: Diabetes and Cardiovascular, General Medicines and Emerging Markets, Sanofi Genzyme, Sanofi Pasteur and Consumer Healthcare. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
About Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Regeneron (NASDAQ: REGN) is a leading biotechnology company that invents life-transforming medicines for people with serious diseases. Founded and led by physician-scientists for nearly 30 years, our unique ability to repeatedly and consistently translate science into medicine has led to six FDA-approved treatments and over a dozen product candidates, all of which were homegrown in our laboratories. Our medicines and pipeline are designed to help patients with eye disease, heart disease, allergic and inflammatory diseases, pain, cancer, and infectious and rare diseases.
Regeneron is accelerating and improving the traditional drug development process through its unique VelociSuite® technologies, including VelocImmune® which yields optimized fully-human antibodies, and ambitious initiatives such as the Regeneron Genetics Center, one of the largest genetics sequencing efforts in the world.
For additional information about the company, please visit www.regeneron.com or follow @Regeneron on Twitter.
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