PARIS, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Canadian Federal Court of Ottawa has granted sanofi-aventis' application for an order of prohibition against the Minister of Health and Apotex Inc. in relation to Apotex's 2003 application in Canada for a marketing authorization for a generic version of clopidogrel bisulfate tablets. The Canadian Court rejected Apotex's challenge to the Plavix(R) patent and held that the asserted claims are novel, not obvious and infringed.
Sanofi-aventis is the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number 1 in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic disorders, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York
The sanofi-aventis Group conducts business in the U.S. through its subsidiaries Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc. and Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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