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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS) announced that it is pleased with decisions issued today which affirm the U.S. Patent and Trademark Appeal Board's prior rulings that found the challenged claims of Sanofi's Lantus® SoloSTAR® device patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 9,603,044, 8,992,486, 9,526,844, 9,604,008, and 8,679,069, unpatentable.
These affirmances reinforce the company's continuing efforts to break down barriers to patient access for important medicines such as Semglee® through its Global Healthcare Gateway®. Viatris and Biocon Biologics Ltd. launched their interchangeable Semglee® products (insulin glargine-yfgn) last month, which are the first, and currently the only, interchangeable biosimilars to Lantus®, providing more affordable options for the millions of Americans living with diabetes.
The Semglee® products are available in vial and prefilled pen presentations and are interchangeable for the reference brand, Lantus®, allowing for substitution at the pharmacy counter. Semglee® is indicated to help control high blood sugar in adult and pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes.
Viatris Inc. (NASDAQ: VTRS) is a new kind of healthcare company, empowering people worldwide to live healthier at every stage of life. We provide access to medicines, advance sustainable operations, develop innovative solutions and leverage our collective expertise to connect more people to more products and services through our one-of-a-kind Global Healthcare Gateway®. Formed in November 2020, Viatris brings together scientific, manufacturing and distribution expertise with proven regulatory, medical and commercial capabilities to deliver high-quality medicines to patients in more than 165 countries and territories. Viatris' portfolio comprises more than 1,400 approved molecules across a wide range of therapeutic areas, spanning both non-communicable and infectious diseases, including globally recognized brands, complex generic and branded medicines, a growing portfolio of biosimilars and a variety of over-the-counter consumer products. With a global workforce of approximately 38,000, Viatris is headquartered in the U.S., with global centers in Pittsburgh, Shanghai and Hyderabad, India. Learn more at viatris.com and investor.viatris.com, and connect with us on Twitter at @ViatrisInc, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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