BEDMINSTER, N.J., and DUBLIN, Ireland, March 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amarin Corporation plc (Nasdaq:AMRN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the commercialization and development of therapeutics to improve cardiovascular health, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published notification of a Notice of Allowance for Amarin's U.S. Patent Application Serial Number 13/614,111titled "Stable Pharmaceutical Compositions and Methods of Using the Same." This application includes claims intended to protect the proposed Vascepa ® (icosapent ethyl) indication based on Amarin's Phase 3 ANCHOR clinical trial results. In late February, Amarin filed a Supplemental New Drug Application for the Vascepa ANCHOR indication with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and expects an FDA action date on the application before the end of 2013.
A Notice of Allowance is issued after the USPTO makes a determination that a patent can be granted from an application. The issued patent would have a term that expires no earlier than in 2030. Amarin plans to list this patent in the FDA's Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, or Orange Book, after issuance of the patent and the anticipated approval of Vascepa in the ANCHOR indication.
The claims in this allowed application relate to the planned Vascepa ANCHOR indication and cover methods of treating mixed dyslipidemia through the daily administration of 2500 mg to 5000 mg of highly pure EPA to a subject on any statin therapy."The claims in this allowed application cover the described method of administration of a pharmaceutical composition comprising EPA over a broader range of daily EPA doses and amounts of EPA per capsule including, for example, a daily dosing regimen of four capsules, each containing approximately 62.5% EPA and 37.5% of one or more other components," stated Joseph Zakrzewski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Amarin. "The issuance of this Notice of Allowance represents the broadest ANCHOR patent to date."