Purdue seeks to extend exclusivity on Oxy patent

The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, is fighting in federal court to extend its exclusive rights to the painkiller, which are set to expire in April 2013. The Stamford, Conn.-based company claims generic drug makers shouldn’t be allowed to market their copycat versions of the old version of OxyContin, according to this article. Purdue’s new version of OxyContin, introduced in 2010, was designed to help discourage misuse and abuse of the medication, although addicts have found ways to get their fix from it.

Generic manufacturers facing patent infringement lawsuits by Purdue say they can make their own “tamper-proof” versions of the drug, and that Purdue is trying to protect its share of the OxyContin market, the article says. Sales of OxyContin exceeded $2.8 billion last year.

In 2007, Purdue and three of its top executives were found guilty of misrepresenting the addictive nature of OxyContin and fined $634.5 million. The company also agreed to a $20 million settlement of similar allegations with 27 state attorneys general.

About Erin Marie Daly

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4 Responses to Purdue seeks to extend exclusivity on Oxy patent

  1. Jay Jones says:

    I was curious on Purdue’s Oxycontin patent that’s set to expire 4/2013. After the patent issues are settled,what version of the Oxycontin will be available? Will they stay with the new version(2010) or go back to the old formulation?. I too have lost family and friends to the deadly,viscious cycle of opiod addiction. I appreciate whomever takin time out of their busy day to answer my reply(Questions). Thank you very much and may your day be swift and uneventfull.

    • A says:

      The part in the article where it says “Generic manufacturers facing patent infringement lawsuits by Purdue say they can make their own “tamper-proof” versions of the drug” It takes 7-10 years for a drug manufacturer to pass a drug through the FDA process. The companys had planned on coming out with the original (old) version after the patent was up in April 2013 and said they “can” make their own says they have not even started working on the new tamper proof version let alone start the FDA process… The original version had already made it back out on Jan 1st 2013 due to the differance on the canadian patent. SO yeah its not looking good…. Hopefully that answers your question sorry to hear about your loses. I just lost my best friend of 12 years 3 days ago to an overdose, I know how you feel.

      • Jeanie says:

        I have been on Oxycontin for several yrs for a severe pain issue. A few yrs back (before Perdue took back their patent), I was already getting a generic tamper proof Oxycontin from a different company. They were bigger in size, and oval in shape. So, there was already generic tamper proof Oxycontin pills available some yrs back. Maybe those are returning. However, the older OC formula is a more effective pain med with much less side effects than the newer OP formula, so I wouldn’t mind the old formula returning. I read statistics from the FDA stating that fewer than one percent of legitimate pain patients are drug abusers, or Drug abusers will get their fix wherever they can find it. I hear heroin is the cheapest illegal drug out there. Oxycontin is apparently very expensive as a street drug, I here. My point is, there will always be abusers, and unfortunately some abusers will die. However, it is the innocent pain patients who are suffering. We do things the right way, and are punished for it just because there are abusers out there. It’s not right.

  2. sam says:

    Purdue makes a killing off from this drug(over 2 billion a year). Don’t blame the drug for drug abuse. The abuser is going to take what it takes to get his fix even if it kills him or her. I also suffer chronic pain. Oxycontin(extended release oxycodone) costs about ten times more than the equivalent of regular oxycodone. Purdue has made enough money off from us. Greed is the reason. Enough is enough!!!!

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