CHADDS FORD, Pa., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Endo Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ENDP) announced today that its partners, Teikoku Seiyaku Co., Ltd. and Teikoku Pharma USA, Inc. have received a Paragraph IV Certification Notice from Watson Laboratories, Inc. advising of the filing of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic version of LIDODERM® (lidocaine topical patch 5%).
The company is currently reviewing the details of this notice from Watson. Endo intends to vigorously defend LIDODERM's intellectual property rights and pursue all available legal and regulatory pathways in defense of LIDODERM.
The Paragraph IV certification notice refers to U.S. Patent No. 5,827,529, which covers the formulation of LIDODERM, a topical patch to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia launched in 1999. This patent is listed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Orange Book and expires in October 2015.
With respect to Endo's regulatory approach, the company submitted a Citizen Petition in 2006 in reaction to a proposal by FDA's Office of Generic Drugs that would diverge from applicable regulations and standards of practice regarding bioequivalence. The company is requesting that the agency reconsider its departure from its longstanding general rule of requiring clinical endpoint bioequivalence studies for locally acting generic drug products, including those that reference LIDODERM. To ensure the safe and effective equivalence of any generic version to LIDODERM, which acts locally in the skin, Endo believes that FDA must return to its established standard of clinical endpoint bioequivalence studies.
Endo Pharmaceuticals is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, sale and marketing of branded and generic prescription pharmaceuticals used to treat and manage pain, prostate cancer and the early onset of puberty in children, or central precocious puberty (CPP). Its products include LIDODERM®, a topical patch to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia; Percocet® and Percodan® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-moderately severe pain; FROVA® tablets for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults; OPANA® tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe acute pain where the use of an opioid is appropriate; OPANA® ER tablets for the relief of moderate-to-severe pain in patients requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioid treatment for an extended period of time; Voltaren® Gel, which is owned and licensed by Novartis AG, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug indicated for the relief of the pain of osteoarthritis of joints amenable to topical treatment, such as those of the hands and the knees; VANTAS® for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer; SUPPRELIN® LA for the treatment of early onset puberty in children; and VALSTAR™ for the treatment of BCG-refractory carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the urinary bladder in patients for whom immediate cystectomy would be associated with unacceptable medical risks. The company markets its branded pharmaceutical products to physicians in pain management, urology, endocrinology, oncology, neurology, surgery and primary care. More information, including this and past press releases of Endo Pharmaceuticals, is available at www.endo.com.
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