Breckenridge Pharmaceutical has announced that it and Synthon Pharmaceuticals have reached an agreement with
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America
resolving patent litigation related to Pioglitazone Hydrochloride 15 mg, 30 mg
and 45 mg tablets, a generic equivalent version of Actos. Under the terms of
the agreement, Takeda granted Breckenridge and Synthon a non-exclusive,
royalty-free license to its U.S. patents covering Actos, permitting launch of
their generic-equivalent formulation of Actos after first-filers of ANDAs with
paragraph IV certifications exhaust their 180-day marketing exclusivity on
February 13, 2013, or earlier under certain circumstances, subject to
Breckenridge and Synthon signed a distribution and supply
agreement on the product in late 2009 and have been working together on this product,
including the settlement of the paragraph IV litigation.
Actos had approximately $3.4 billion in brand sales for the
twelve months ending December 31, 2009, according to IMS Health. Actos is a once-daily
oral prescription medication that, with diet and exercise, has been shown to be
effective for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.