Antares Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATRS) today announced the issuance of U.S. Patents RE44846 and RE44847. These patents are reissued versions of U.S. Patents 7,744,582, and 7,776,015. Tracing back to inventions made in the late 1990’s, the patents capture innovations in the field of auto injectors that originally established Antares Pharma’s position as a leader and innovator in medical injection device technology. Importantly, these patents add protection to OTREXUP as well as Antares’ pipeline products. Antares is taking steps to supplement the current Orange Book listings related to OTREXUP.
The overall Antares patent portfolio coverage exemplifies the Company’s intellectual property strategy of obtaining patents that are generally directed toward devices, combination products and methods for delivering injectable drugs, which the Company has earned on its filed inventions.
Paul K. Wotton, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “I am very pleased with the issuance of these new patents which have further strengthened the intellectual property protection for OTREXUP. They represent an important milestone in achieving our goal of protecting our innovation and commercial potential of OTREXUP, our first marketed product as well as for all of our current and future auto injector pipeline projects.” Dr. Wotton continued, “As an originator in the field of auto injector technology, we believe that it is important to build on our patent estate in order to enhance and protect the value of our inventions.”
About Antares PharmaAntares Pharma focuses on self-administered parenteral pharmaceutical products. The Company has received marketing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for OTREXUP (methotrexate) injection for the treatment of adults with severe active rheumatoid arthritis, children with active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis and adults with severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Antares Pharma is also developing VIBEX QS T for testosterone replacement therapy. The Company's technology platforms include VIBEX disposable Medi-Jet, disposable multi-use pen injectors and reusable needle-free injectors marketed as Tjet and Zomajet by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd (Teva) and Ferring Pharmaceuticals (Ferring), respectively. Antares Pharma has a multi-product deal with Teva that includes Tev-Tropin [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] human growth hormone (hGH), VIBEX epinephrine and several other products. Antares Pharma’s partnership with Ferring includes Zomacton hGH (somatropin) injection. In the U.S. Antares has received FDA approval for Gelnique 3% (oxybutynin) gel, a treatment for overactive bladder that is marketed by Actavis. Elestrin (estradiol gel) is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, and is marketed in the U.S. by Meda Pharma. Antares Pharma has two facilities in the U.S. The Parenteral Products Group located in Minneapolis, Minnesota directs the manufacturing and marketing of the Company’s reusable needle-free injection devices and related disposables, and develops its disposable pressure-assisted Medi-Jet and pen injector systems. The Company’s corporate office and Product Development and Commercial Groups are located in Ewing, New Jersey.