THE WOODLANDS, Tex. ( TheStreet) -- Investors who have read through Repros Therapeutics' (RPRX) regulatory filings know about the unresolved and worrisome patent conflict involving the company's testosterone-boosting pill Androxal. Less known but more interesting are the events behind this patent fight, including allegations that Repros' CEO stole the idea for Androxal from a New York fertility doctor.
Call the story, "When Harry Met Joe." Except there's no fake orgasm over pastrami sandwiches at Katz's.
Harry is Dr. Harry Fisch, a New York urologist and fertility specialist. For male patients with low testosterone, particularly those who still want to have kids, Fisch has long prescribed clomiphene, a decades-old hormone treatment normally used to boost fertility in women. In men, clomiphene raises testosterone but also preserves sperm count.
In 2001, Fisch filed, and was granted, a U.S. patent covering the use of clomiphene to treat androgen
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