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Novartis May Sell Copy of Amgen’s Neupogen Drug in September

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Novartis AG’s Sandoz unit may begin selling the first copy of Amgen Inc.’s cancer treatment Neupogen as soon as Sept. 2 after an appeals court ruling Tuesday rejected arguments that it failed to follow regulatory rules.

Sandoz didn’t violate the rules when applying to sell its drug, Zarxio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said in an opinion posted on its electronic docket. It’s the first time the appeals court specializing in patent law has applied rules for copying drugs derived from living organisms.