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Genzyme’s Cerezyme Vs Shire plc’s Vpriv: Legal Update (December 20, 2012)

December 20, 2012

       According to a Boston Business Journal article titled, “Genzyme to take on Shire in court”,  Judge Richard Steams has set December 20, 2012, as the “date for the case’s initial scheduling conference.” Judge Richard Stearns on November 29, 2012, denies Shire plc’s motion to dismiss Genzyme’s lawsuit. 

        Here is the historical timeline behind Genzyme suing Shire plc :

Shire plc June 28, 2012 Press Release – Shire plc boasts about its Gaucher Disease drug Vpriv and took aim at Genzyme’s Gaucher Disease drug Cerezyme. Shire plc claims 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

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

Shire plc asks Massachusetts federal court on August 21, 2012, to dismiss Genzyme’s complaint saying that “ … Shire misled consumers by advertising its bone disease drug as superior to Genzyme’s Cerezyme, saying the plaintiff was wrongly using the suit to win back market share …. ”.

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