Under pressure from copycats, Roche sues Pfizer over Herceptin rival
As biosimilar competition puts a squeeze on Roche’s revenue, the company is launching a legal battle against Pfizer and its copycat version of Herceptin, Roche’s breast cancer drug, in hopes to slow or squash a rival medicine.
Roche’s Genentech business is alleging that Pfizer’s $PFE copycat, called PF-05280014, infringes on 40 of Roche’s patents. In the suit, the Swiss pharma giant is asking for compensation on lost sales on Herceptin, should the copycat get approval before Roche’s patents expire.
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