This Just In: Another Blow to Pfizer as IPO Rejects Patent for Arthritis Medicine


Harish S. Adwant

Pfizer filed a patent  for the self-engineered rheumatoid arthritis medicine; Tofacitinib which was rejected by the Patent Office on the ground that the drug does not enhance the efficacy of the existing approved drug.

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IPFACE’s 1-Day Seminar on Pharma Patenting and Patent Landscaping || 20th June at Pune||Rs. 1500 for Students||

The Intellectual Property Facilitation Center (IPFACE) for entrepreneurs, micro -small-medium enterprises (MSME) is a project of the Venture Center supported by the Development Commissioner, Ministry of MSME, Government of India under the programme titled ” National Manufacturing Competitiveness Programme (NMCP) under XI Plan ” and scheme titled ” Building Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for MSME “.

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This Just In: Code of Conduct for Pharma Marketing Now in Action; Applicable to Medical Devices Industry

– Ritvik M. Kulkarni

The Uniform Code of Pharma Marketing Practices (UCMP) was issued by the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) in December 2014. However, these well spirited rules left the pharma industry in a bit of confusion as people stakeholders were left wondering whether or not the Code is applicable to the medical devices industry.

Passing a clarification order to that effect, the DoP recently cleared all doubts surrounding the aforementioned question and answered it in the affirmative. The full text of the UCMP can be accessed here.

Points to be Noted M’ Lord:

  1. Pharma Companies should not make any personal gifts to make medical practitioners (since they are in a position to prescribe drugs)
  2. Healthcare professionals should not be supplied by pharma corporate players with other gratifications such as free air tickets, bus rides, paid vacations etc.
  3. No person who is incapable to prescribe drugs should be supplied with any free samples of drugs
  4. The final responsibility for adherence of the Code rests upon the Managing Director / The CEO of the concerned company.