Oct. 8, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) today confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to market Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride Sublingual Film 2 mg/0.5 mg and 8 mg/2 mg. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Reckitt Benckiser's Suboxone
Sublingual Film, which is indicated for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.
Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc., RB Pharmaceuticals Limited and MonoSol Rx, LLC filed suit against Actavis on
October 8, 2013
, in the U.S. District Court for the District of
seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its ANDA product prior to the expiration certain of U.S. patents. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Actavis' ANDA for up to 30 months from the date the plaintiffs received notice of Actavis' ANDA filing or until final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities.
Based on available information, including a submission date listed on FDA's Paragraph IV Patent Certifications web site that is consistent with the date of Actavis' ANDA filing, Actavis believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for a generic version of Suboxone
Film and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity.
For the 12 months ending
August 31, 2013
Film 2/0.5mg and 8/2 mg had total U.S. sales of approximately
, according to IMS Health data.
Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Actavis has global headquarters In
and U.S. Administrative Headquarters in
Parsippany, New Jersey
Actavis Pharma markets generic, branded generic, legacy brands and Over-the-Counter (OTC) products in more than 60 countries. Actavis Specialty Brands is a global branded specialty pharmaceutical business focused principally in the Urology and Women's Health therapeutic categories, as well as Gastroenterology and Dermatology. Actavis Specialty Brands also has a portfolio of five biosimilar products in development in Women's Health and Oncology. Actavis Global Operations has more than 30 manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, and includes Anda, Inc., a U.S. pharmaceutical product distributor.