Last Updated Sep 29, 2009 11:20 AM EDT
Limited generic at-risk launches captured 18 percent of the market, J&C says, but Medicis' sales are still growing. The rate of annual sales growth has declined, from a monthly peak of 23.4 percent to 21.9 percent. (Q2 2009 sales were $94 million, up from $86 million.)
Such a deal would place Medicis and in a similar position to Cephalon, which has also paid four other companies (Barr, Teva, Mylan and Ranbaxy) to stop manufacturing generic Provigil until 2012.
Cephalon's pay-for-delay arrangements caught the eye of FTC chairman Jon Liebowitz, who believes that such agreements are essentially bribes to prevent successful patent challenges that would bring cheaper drugs to market at earlier dates.
Might Medicis find itself under the same spotlight?
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- See previous coverage of Allergan and Medicis:
- Could Allergan's Reliance on Stars Hurt It in War With Medicis?
- Medicis Q1: One Day's Generic Competition Cost Company Up to 17% of Solodyn Sales
- Allergan's Q1 Nightmare: Profit Down; Black Box Warning on Botox Vindicates an Old Nemesis; "It's All Medicis' Fault!"
- Allergan Could Lose a Third of Botox Market With FDA's Approval of Medicis' Dysport
- Medicis Doubled Pay of Exec Convicted of Off-Label Sales
- Medicis Employees Should Look Anxiously at Allergan Layoffs