[authors: David Tellekson, Ewa Davison]
On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. v. Novo Nordisk A/S, holding that a generic drug manufacturer may file a counterclaim to force correction of an overbroad use code that encompasses unclaimed methods of using the drug at issue. In interpreting the text of 21 U.S.C. § 355(j)(5)(C)(ii)(I), the Court gave substantial weight to ensuring that the Food and Drug Administration fulfills its statutory duty to approve non-infringing generics in accord with Congressional intent. Brand manufacturers are advised to review active use codes to ensure that they reasonably reflect the scope of any claimed methods of use.
Learn more about the Court’s ruling in Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories v. Novo Nordisk.