Galen Holdings PLC
28 April 2004
GALEN HOLDINGS PLC
Galen Announces Agreement Resolving Outstanding Patent Challenges on
Estrostep(R) and femhrt(R) with Barr
CRAIGAVON, Northern Ireland, UK and Rockaway, New Jersey, US, 28 April 2004.
Galen Holdings PLC (LSE: GAL.L, NASDAQ: GALN) ('Galen') today announced that it
has completed an agreement under which Galen and Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc's
subsidiary, Barr Laboratories, Inc. ('Barr'), have agreed to settle the pending
patent litigation between the two companies regarding Galen's Estrostep(R) oral
contraceptive and femhrt(R) hormone therapy products. The agreement allows Barr
to launch generic versions of those products under the terms of a non-exclusive
license six months prior to patent expiry. In a separate agreement, Galen has
granted Barr an exclusive royalty-bearing license to develop certain oral
contraceptives under a patent owned by Galen.
Commenting on the announcement, Roger Boissonneault, Galen's Chief Executive
Officer said, 'We welcome the completion of these agreements and the resolution
of this litigation between our two companies. '
Under the terms of the agreement, Galen granted Barr a non-exclusive license to
launch a generic version of Estrostep(R) in October 2007, six months prior to
the expiration of the patent on Estrostep(R). Galen also granted Barr a
non-exclusive license to launch a generic version of femhrt(R) in November 2009,
six months prior to the expiration of the patent on femhrt(R).
Galen is based in Craigavon, Northern Ireland and Rockaway, New Jersey, US.
Since the acquisition of Warner Chilcott PLC in September 2000, Galen has been
successfully transformed into a specialty pharmaceutical company principally
focused on the women's healthcare and dermatology markets in the United States.
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Galen Holdings PLC
David Kelly, Sr. Vice President, Finance and Planning Tel: 44 (0) 28 3836 3634
Andrew Dowler Tel: 44 (0) 207 831 3113
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