[Ip-health] University of California presses Delhi High Court to grant patent on Xtandi, an expensive prostate cancer drug

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Sun Mar 5 11:18:34 PST 2017

I wanted to elaborate some on the price of Xtandi in India, the prostate
cancer drug that the University of California licensed to Astellas.
According to the story, a 28 day supply is priced at Rs. 3.35 lakh.  A lakh
is 100,000.   The price in dollars for the 28 day supply is USD$5,200.
The price for one day is USD$186.  For one year is USD$67,832.

The drug is not a cure, but rather a treatment you take as long as it

The per capita income in India was $1,600 in 2015, or $4.38 per day.

I think the University of California needs to explain why it licenses a
cancer drug to a company that charges $186 per day, in India,


On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 1:54 PM, Jamie Love <james.love at keionline.org> wrote:

> The University of California is seeking to expand the Astellas monopoly on
> this drug.  At present, India generic manufacturers can provide more
> affordable versions.
> Jamie
> for-denial-of-prostrate-cancer-drug-patent-2342983
> HC seeks reason for denial of prostrate cancer drug patent
> Sun, 5 Mar 2017-12:50pm , PTI
> The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to explain on what basis the
> Indian patent office has rejected the application by the Regents of
> University of California seeking a patent for its prostrate cancer drug.
> "How does the official (of patent office) substantiate his order? What is
> the evidence based on which he passed the order," Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva
> asked.
> It also issued notice to the Centre and sought its reply by May 2.
> The university, which claims to have invented the drug Xtandi, used in
> treatment for prostrate cancer, has claimed that it has been granted patent
> for its innovation in over 50 jurisdictions across the world since 2007.
> The varsity has said that though the drug has received approval for being
> marketed in India, the plea for a patent was rejected on the ground that
> there was no innovative step without mentioning the evidence based on which
> the finding was arrived at by the patent office.
> Japan's Astellas Pharma, which has the rights for marketing the drug
> outside the US, sells the medicine in India at a price of Rs 3.35 lakh for
> a pack of 112 capsules for a month's dose.
> The university, represented by senior advocate P Chidambaram, has
> contended that its application filed in 2007 for a patent was rejected in
> November last year merely on the ground of opposition by some competitors.
> Even the evidence submitted by the varsity in support of its claims was
> not considered or referred to in the order rejecting the application, it
> has alleged.
> It has sought that its patent application be remanded back to the
> authority for consideration of the evidence submitted by it in support of
> its claim.
> (This article has not been edited by DNA's editorial team and is
> auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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