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Viagra patent tossed out by Supreme Court

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Decision allows generic versions of drug to be produced

Canada's top court has ruled that Pfizer's patent on the company's groundbreaking erectile dysfunction drug Viagra is void.

The Supreme Court of Canada sided Thursday with Teva Canada Ltd., a division of the Israeli-based Teva pharmaceutical empire, in a longstanding court battle against Pfizer.

Teva had argued that the details provided in Pfizer's original patent application (number 2,163,446, granted in 1998 and set to expire in 2014) were insufficient in the first place.

Lower courts had sided with Pfizer in the dispute until Canada's top court agreed, in a 7-0 decision, with Teva's argument.

Pfizer's patent on Viagra "does not meet the disclosure requirements set out in the Act" Justice Lebel wrote in the ruling." I would therefore allow the appeal with costs and hold that Patent 2,163,446 is void."

The unanimous decision opens the door for Teva to introduce a generic version of Viagra in the near future. Other competing products such as tadalafil (known as Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) already exist.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/11/08/supreme-court-viagra-pfizer.html

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the less money that pfizer has the better :)

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What a dick move....:D

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A better explanation:

Pfizer's Canadian patent - which came into force in 1998 - was divided into seven parts and covered 260 quintillion different chemical compounds.

But only one of the compounds - sildenafil - was active and the court said the patent had not provided enough information to allow another company to produce Viagra.

"Pfizer had the information needed to disclose the useful compound and chose not to release it," said the ruling.

"Even though Pfizer knew that the effective compound was sildenafil at the time it filed the application ... it chose a method of drafting that failed clearly to set out what the invention was."

LeBel - who said "willful intent to mislead has not been alleged or proven in this case" - noted that Pfizer's submission to the Supreme Court had offered no explanation for withholding the information.

I'm curious as to how they managed to cover 260 quintillion different chemical compounds.

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Well, that's a right cockup isn't it?

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I'm curious as to how they managed to cover 260 quintillion different chemical compounds.

Apparently they patented the universe. Pretty clever really.

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A better explanation:

I'm curious as to how they managed to cover 260 quintillion different chemical compounds.

Same here.

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The unanimous decision opens the door for Teva to introduce a generic version of Viagra in the near future. Other competing products such as tadalafil (known as Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) already exist.

Sounds like a win for everyone except Pfizer.

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Guess I'm free to brew up my own at home now.

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Guess I'm free to brew up my own at home now.

Funny you should mention that, there is a receipe for making an all natural viagra-like concoction floating around the Web.

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^ http://healthmad.com...viagra-at-home/

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first you will need the main ingredients which are watermelon and lemon

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Funny you should mention that, there is a receipe for making an all natural viagra-like concoction floating around the Web.

Really? Not that I need it yet, of course, but it's something to keep in mind for one day.

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^ http://healthmad.com...viagra-at-home/

:shiftyninja:

first you will need the main ingredients which are watermelon and lemon

There's a better, more involved one than that.

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I quickly read the title as : Viagra patient tossed off by Supreme Court.

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