NIH responds to Sachs/Love letter on the Xtandi Bayh-Dole safeguards petition, to say, still reviewing

NIH has sent a letter, dated Dec 1, to Robert Sachs and Clare Love, regarding the longstanding petition to HHS to use the federal government’s rights in the patented inventions for enzalutamide, marketed by Astellas in the USA at prices 3 to… Continue Reading

Letter from 19 groups asking HHS to take action on the ​request that HHS use the federal government rights in patents on the prostate drug enzalutamide, marketed by Astellas under the brand name Xtandi.

Attached is a letter from 19 groups asking HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to take action on the ​request that HHS use the federal government rights in patents on the prostate drug enzalutamide, marketed by Astellas under the brand name Xtandi.… Continue Reading

Letter to Secretary of HHS Xavier Becerra regarding Xtandi march-in case from Robert Sachs and Clare Love

SecBecerra-18Nov2022-Sachs-Love-Xtandi November 18, 2022 Xavier Becerra Secretary Department of Health & Human Services Washington, DC Via Email: xavier.becerra@hhs.gov Dear Secretary Becerra: Today marks the one-year anniversary since the undersigned prostate cancer patients petitioned the Department of Health & Human Services… Continue Reading

Senators Tillis and Blackburn’s February 24, 2022 Letter to HHS Opposing the Use of Bayh-Dole March-in Rights

(More on this topic here: https://www.keionline.org/xtandi2021) On February 24, 2022, Senators Thom Tillis and Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra (PDF copy). The letter refers to “petitions to march-in on a pharmaceutical product purely based on… Continue Reading

Clare Love, Robert Sachs and Eric Sawyer respond to Astellas Feb 9 Statement on Xtandi Bayh Dole march in and government use case

This is a letter from the three prostate cancer patient petitioners to HHS Secretary Becerra and Acting NIH Director Tabak, regarding the February 9, 2020 statement by Astellas on the Bayh-Dole march in and government rights case. The patient’s letter… Continue Reading

Senators Warren and King, and Representative Doggett ask HHS Secretary Becerra to Move Forward on Xtandi March-in and Government Use Rights (Existing Bayh-Dole Safeguards)

Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) wrote Secretary of HHS Xavier Becerra on February 17, 2022, urging him to move forward with the march-in petition by Robert Sachs, Clare Love and Eric Sawyer,… Continue Reading

Xtandi (INN enzalutamide) Timeline

Revised February 14, 2022 Early 2000 UCLA claims work that led to the development of enzalutamide began at UCLA in early 2000. 2005 May 13, 2005.  Priority date for the three patents in the Xtandi Orange Book. Patents 7709517, 8183274… Continue Reading

Xtandi Petitioners Highlight Pfizer Practice of Reference Pricing in US Government Contracts

Following the publication of the US government contract with Pfizer for the COVID-19 therapeutic Paxlovid, the petitioners of the Xtandi government use request wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)… Continue Reading

Robert H. Mermell Letter of Support for Government Use Request on Prostate Cancer Drug Xtandi

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) is currently reviewing whether to proceed with the request that the government use its rights in the prostate cancer drug Xtandi, in order to enable generic… Continue Reading

Harvard academics letter supporting use of US government rights in Xtandi patents to remedy price discrimination against US residents

On February 2, 2022, Drs. Ameet Sarpatwari, Aaron S. Kesselheim, Jerry Avorn, and Benjamin N. Rome of Harvard Medical School and Dr. Michael S. Sinha of Northeastern University and Loyola University sent a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in… Continue Reading