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Lundbeck partner soon to seek approval for new Abilify Maintena version

Japanese Otsuka, Lundbeck's partner in sharing rights for Abilify Maintena, signals plans to seek marketing approval for a longer-acting version of the drug – a move that could extend the medication's patent protection.

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The term of Abilify Maintena's patent protection could be substantially extended. Japanese Otsuka, Lundbeck's partner for the drug, is in the process of preparing to seek approval for a new and longer-acting version of the medication.

Lundbeck informs in its most recent interim report that Otsuka has entered the final stages leading up the application. The latter is said to be finalizing its new production setup, which requires validation before an approval can be issued, and Lundbeck Chief Executive Deborah Dunsire says the partner is far along in the process.

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