Friday, January 08, 2010

Sanofi discontinued development of insomnia drug Eplivanserin

Following feedback from the United States FDA for additional clinical data, the French drug marker Sanofi-Aventis lately withdrawn both US and EU marketing authorization applications for insomnia drug Eplivanserin (protected by the US Patent No. 5166416). Sanofi, which over the years occupied a major share in the branded insomnia market by its Ambien Franchise, was counting high on Eplivanserin, the drug that was likely to be the first drug in the class of serotonin receptor to reach the market, particularly following Sanofi’s discontinuation of another insomnia drug Volinanserin (protected by European Patent Nos. 0.208.235 and 0.531.410) in early 2009. Other serotonin receptors that are still running under development in different clinical phases are Pruvanserin (disclosed in WO01007435) by Eli Lilly and Pimavanserin (disclosed in WO0166521) by Acadia Pharmaceuticals.

In India, Pruvanserin is protected by Patent No. 222461 issued against the mail-box Application No. IN/PCT/2002/247/KOL and Pimavanserin is protected by Patent No. 213446 issued against the mail-box Application No. IN/PCT/2002/1019/KOL. However, both Eplivanserin and Volinanserin are pre-1995 molecules and likely not protected under Indian patent law.

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