Cipher Pharmaceuticals announces outcome of Markman hearing in patent infringement suit for Absorica®

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) ("Cipher" or "the Company") today announced that the Court has issued an opinion in the claim construction hearing (commonly referred to as a "Markman hearing") for the patent infringement suit by Ranbaxy Inc., Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc., ("Ranbaxy", a Sun Pharma Company, Galephar Pharmaceutical Research Inc., and Cipher against Watson Laboratories, Inc. ("Watson", now Actavis plc, NYSE: ACT) related to Watson's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic version of Absorica® (isotretinoin capsules). The purpose of a Markman hearing is to determine the precise meaning of words from patent claims that are in dispute in a patent infringement lawsuit.  No ultimate determination of infringement or validity of the patents has been determined at this point.

"We are pleased with the outcome of the Markman hearing, which ultimately has bearing on the determination of infringement and validity when the matter goes to trial," said Shawn O'Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.  "With the hearing completed, we look forward to the scheduling of a trial date as Cipher and Ranbaxy continue our vigorous defense of Absorica's intellectual property rights. Recently, we further strengthened our intellectual property for Absorica with the addition of a third patent in the FDA's Orange Book and we will continue to do so through all available legal and regulatory pathways."

The Markman hearing opinion document, issued by the United States District Court of New Jersey, has been posted on the company's website at:


In September 2013, Ranbaxy received a Paragraph IV Certification Notice of filing from Watson Laboratories, Inc. of an Abbreviated New Drug Application ("ANDA") to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a generic version of Absorica®, which is marketed in the U.S. by Ranbaxy.  Absorica is currently protected by three issued patents, which are listed in the FDA's Approved Drug Products List (Orange Book), which expire in September 2021. There are three additional new patent applications pending with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Cipher has been advised by Ranbaxy that the Paragraph IV filing has no impact on the current sales and marketing plans for the product and that Ranbaxy plans to continue to invest significantly in Absorica.

About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR; TSX:CPH) is a rapidly growing specialty pharmaceutical dermatology company with a diversified portfolio of commercial-stage products that is on pace to achieve its goal of becoming the most customer-centric dermatology company in North America. Cipher acquires best-in-class products and/or potentially transformative compounds that fulfill high unmet medical needs. Cipher's experienced management team has a proven track of successfully managing the required clinical development and regulatory approval processes and marketing products either directly or through partners.

Cipher has completed five transactions in 2015, including the acquisition of Innocutis and its seven branded dermatology products, to build its U.S. commercial presence, expand its Canadian dermatology franchise and broaden its pipeline. Its products include a novel version of the acne medication isotretinoin, which is marketed as Absorica in the United States and Epuris® in Canada. Cipher is well-capitalized to drive long-term, sustained earnings growth by leveraging its proven clinical development capabilities and efficient commercial execution. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.

For further information: Investors: In Canada: Lawrence Chamberlain, TMX Equicom, (416) 815-0700 ext 257,; In the United States: Thomas Hoffmann, The Trout Group LLC, (646) 378-2931,; Media: Mike Beyer, Sam Brown Inc., Office: (773) 463-4211, Mobile: (312) 961-2502,


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