Toronto Stock Exchange Symbol: DND
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSX: DND) ("Cipher") today announced that its sales and distribution partner, Ranbaxy Laboratories Inc. ("Ranbaxy") has 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™ (isotretinoin capsules).
Ranbaxy and Cipher intend to vigorously defend Absorica's intellectual property rights and pursue all available legal and regulatory pathways in defense of the product. Absorica is currently protected by two issued patents listed in the FDA's Approved Drug Products List (Orange Book), which expire in September 2021. Ranbaxy shall take appropriate actions in response to the Paragraph IV notice letter, and FDA approval of the ANDA shall then be governed by the Hatch-Waxman Act.
Absorica was approved by the FDA in May 2012, and granted a three-year market exclusivity period, which expires in May 2015.
About Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Cipher Pharmaceuticals (TSX: DND) is a growing specialty pharmaceutical company with three commercial products and a fourth in development. Our product candidates are typically improved formulations of successful, currently marketed drugs. We in-license a product, manage the required clinical development and regulatory approval process, and either out-license it to a marketing partner, or, in Canada, we may market the product ourselves. Our core capabilities are in clinical and regulatory affairs, product licensing, supply chain management, and marketing and sales. Since Cipher was founded in 2000, we have achieved final regulatory approval in the U.S. and Canada for all three of our original products and completed six marketing partnerships, generating growing licensing revenue.
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