Obviousness – Hospira v Cubist Appeal – NIPC Law

Posted January 25th, 2018 in appeals, intellectual property, medicines, news, patents by tracey

‘Daptomycin is an antibiotic used to treat systemic and life-threatening infections caused by multiple drug resistant bacteria. Its effectiveness depends on its purity. The invention for which the patent in suit was granted was a way of purifying the antibiotic. In Hospira UK Ltd v Cubist Pharmaceuticals LLC [2016] EWHC 1285 (Pat) (10 June 2016), Hospira UK Ltd, (a British subsidiary of Pfizer) sought the revocation of that patent. Mr Justice Henry Carr found that the patent was invalid and ordered its revocation. Cubist Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.) appealed against that judgment and order in Hospira UK Ltd v Cubist Pharmaceuticals LLC [2018] EWCA Civ 12 (18 Jan 2018).’

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NIPC Law, 24th January 2018

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Legal threat to NHS plans for cheap treatment to prevent blindness – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 1st, 2017 in licensing, medicines, news by sally

‘Two drug giants are threatening to take the NHS to court for plans to offer patients cheap treatment to prevent blindness.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Illegal tongue splitting procedures exposed – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2017 in cosmetic surgery, licensing, London, medicines, news by sally

‘Body modification artists have been exposed carrying out illegal and potentially dangerous tongue splitting procedures.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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Medical experts ‘complicit’ over epilepsy drug which caused deformities – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2017 in disabled persons, health, medicines, news, pregnancy by tracey

‘Medical experts were “complicit” in allowing thousands of children to suffer deformity after resisting warnings on epilepsy drugs, campaigners have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2017

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Laughing gas ban: Judge rules ‘hippy crack’ still legal despite law which bans psychoactive substances – The Independent

Posted August 31st, 2017 in drug offences, medicines, news by tracey

‘Laughing gas could still be legal after a judge dismissed a case, saying the drug is not covered by a law which bans “legal highs”.’

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The Independent, 31st August 2017

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Law Pod UK Ep. 9: Measuring clinical effectiveness for specialist drugs – 1COR

Posted August 18th, 2017 in children, medicines, news, podcasts by sally

‘Rosalind English discusses with David Hart QC a recent challenge to the refusal by the NHS to fund a specialist drug for a child suffering from a metabolic condition.’

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Law Pod UK, 17th August 2017

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PKU funding battle: Family wins High Court challenge over drug – BBC News

Posted August 9th, 2017 in autism, children, judicial review, medicines, news by sally

‘The family of a seven-year-old boy whose condition could cause brain damage have won a High Court challenge over an NHS decision not to fund a life-changing drug.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2017

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The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Eli Lilly v Actavis UK Ltd and Others: how to understand it and why it is important – NIPC Law

Posted July 14th, 2017 in cancer, competition, medicines, news, patents, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Supreme Court (Lords Neuberger, Mance, Clarke, Sumption and Hodge) Eli Lilly v Actavis UK Ltd and others [2017] UKSC 48 (12 July 2017)

What the Appeal was about
The pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co (“Lilly”) has developed a drug called pemetrexed which it markets under the brand name Alimta for the treatment of various types of cancer. Used on its own, pemetrexed has unpleasant side effects that can sometimes be fatal but these can be avoided when it is administered as a compound called pemetrexed disodium in combination with vitamin B12.’

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NIPC Law, 13th July 2017

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Big pharma sues drugs watchdog over medicines price cap – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 11th, 2017 in competition, health, medicines, news by sally

‘British pharmaceutical companies are suing the NHS’s drugs watchdog in an effort to prevent drug rationing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th July 2017

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Inquest touching on the death of BT – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in coroners, inquests, medicines, news by sally

‘BT was found deceased by her partner and carer, S, on the morning of 5th June 2016.

She had an extremely complicated medical history that included diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea, schizoaffective disorder and dissociative disorder, epilepsy, migraines and asthma.’

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Park Square Barristers, 27th June 2017

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‘Excessive pricing’ and pharmaceuticals – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 12th, 2017 in competition, markets, medicines, news, price fixing by sally

‘After years of limited focus on ‘excessive pricing’, in December 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) took one decision finding that such an abuse of dominance had occurred, and issued a statement of objections in another case. Does this reflect a broad policy shift, or a reaction to specific cases of perceived opportunistic behaviour?’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th June 2017

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Drug company’s use of trade mark rights to restrict rival imports legitimate, rules Court of Appeal – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 7th, 2017 in medicines, news, trade marks by tracey

‘A drug company was entitled to rely on its trade mark rights to stop two businesses from importing into the UK the same product as it sold on the basis that the rivals’ product would be sold under the drug company’s name, the Court of Appeal in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th April

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Vegan mother forced by High Court to vaccinate her children – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2017 in consent, medical treatment, medicines, news, veganism by tracey

‘A vegan mother who wanted her sons to live a “toxin free” life will be forced to make them receive routine vaccinations after the High Court overruled her objections.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2017

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New evidence links 1970s pregnancy test drug to life-changing birth defects – The Independent

Posted March 20th, 2017 in compensation, documents, medicines, news, personal injuries, pregnancy, victims by tracey

‘New evidence has emerged linking the hormone-based drug Primodos to severe deformities or abnormalities in children, sparking fresh hope for families who have been campaigning for decades for compensation from its manufacturer.’

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The Independent, 19th March 2017

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MPs win right to challenge Victorian law criminalising abortion – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2017 in abortion, bills, crime, medicines, news, women by tracey

‘MPs have won the right to introduce a bill to parliament which would decriminalise abortion for the first time by repealing a law that dates back to Victorian times.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2017

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MPs to discuss reform of UK’s Victorian-era abortion law – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2017 in abortion, bills, crime, medicines, news, women by sally

‘In years to come, it may be regarded as one of the last battles for women’s autonomy. Under an obscure Victorian law, passed when women did not even have the vote, the decision to terminate an unplanned pregnancy using pills in the privacy of a home is punishable by life in prison – for the woman and any doctor who helps her.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

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UK medicines regulator says it is ‘completely impossible’ to control illegal online pharmacies – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2017 in health, internet, licensing, medicines, news, pharmacists by sally

‘It is “completely impossible” to control the vast numbers of unlicensed pharmacies illegally selling drugs online, the British medical regulatory agency has warned.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2017

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Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2016 in competition, fines, medicines, news by tracey

‘Drugs giant Pfizer has been fined a record £84.2m by the UK’s competition watchdog for overcharging the NHS for an anti-epilepsy drug.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2016

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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NHS to consider funding ‘game-changer’ HIV drugs as High Court dismisses appeal – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 11th, 2016 in appeals, budgets, HIV, medicines, news by tracey

‘The NHS will be forced to formally consider whether to fund pills to prevent HIV despite claiming that doing so could mean cancer victims and children with cystic fibrosis are refused treatment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th November 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk