India Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Merck in Diabetes Drug Patent Suit

May 19, 2015

The Supreme Court of India has barred Mumbai-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals from making and selling generic versions of U.S. drugmaker Merck's diabetes drugs, Januvia and Janumet.

India's Supreme Court -- widely seen as biased in favor of boosting the local generic drugs industry -- did state in court documents that Glenmark is permitted to continue to sell existing inventory of the Merck drugs.

Merck brought the lawsuit against Glenmark in 2013 for infringing a patent it has on sitagliptin, the API used in Januvia and Janumet.

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