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Novartis US appeals halt generic Famvir

Novartis says that a US court halted Israeli-based Teva's sale of a generic version of its Famvir genital herpes treatment

Novartis has said that that a US court has halted Israeli-based Teva's sale of a generic version of its Famvir (famciclovir) genital herpes treatment.

The Swiss-headquartered company said the injunction by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was issued on 8 September, two days after a district court in New Jersey denied Novartis' motion to stop Israel's Teva from marketing its version of the drug.

The injunction requires Teva to submit a response by 11 September 2007, Novartis revealed in a company statement.

Novartis shares were down 0.4 per cent at CHF 63.25 (USD 53.27) on the Zurich stock exchange on 10 September 2007.

10th September 2007

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