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Genzyme’s Cerezyme Has a Bone To Pick With Shire plc’s Vpriv : Gaucher Disease ERT Drug War Continues

July 31, 2012

       Genzyme’s Cerezyme has “a bone to pick” with Shire plc’s Vpriv as the Gaucher Disease Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) drug war continues. 

       Genzyme sues Shire plc in Boston Federal Court on July 30, 2012.  Genzyme accuses Shire plc’s claim, that Shire plc’s drug for Gaucher Disease, Vpriv, shows more significant bone density improvement among its users than among users of Genzyme’s drug for Gaucher Disease, Cerezyme. 

        Here is the timeline behind Genzyme suing Shire plc :  

–       Shire plc June 28, 2012 Press Release – Shire plc brags about its Gaucher Disease drug Vpriv and took aim at Genzyme’s Gaucher Disease drug Cerezyme. Shire plc claims in this press release that Vpriv has a “more significant bone density improvement among Vpriv users than among Cerezyme users”

–       Genzyme is not happy about this.  Genzyme CEO David Meeker sends a letter to Shire plc’s President Sylvie Gregoire, asking Gregoire to rescind the press release AND to send a retraction

–       Gregoire rejects the request

–        Thus, Genzyme sues Shire plc in Boston Federal Court on July 30, 2012 accusing Shire plc of presenting false and misleading information. 

        Here is the Case Information :

Case Title : Genzyme Corporation v. Shire Human Genetic Therapies, Inc. et al

Court : Massachusetts

Nature of Suit : Other Statutory Actions

Case Number : 1:12-cv-11386 

Date Filed : July 30, 2012. 

References 

Blogs.WickedLocal.com July 30, 2012 Post  

Law360.com July 30, 2012 .

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