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Attempt to revive HBV patent thwarted

The US Supreme Court has brought to an end Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's attempt to revive patent protection for its Baraclude treatment for hepatitis B (HBV). The high court declined to hear Bristol-Myers' challenge to an appeals court ruling in favour of generic rival Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, which had successfully challenged the patent.

In a June 2014 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a federal district court's finding that the patent was invalid. Teva announced last September that it was launching its generic version of the drug.

Meanwhile, The Independent reports that a drug for treating hepatitis B patients could be mass produced at a cost of only £24 per person per year according to a new piece of research from the University of Liverpool.

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