Teva delays sales of Gilead generics pending court ruling

NEW YORK — Teva Pharmaceuticals USA will delay the sales of generic versions of two Gilead Sciences HIV drugs until June 2013, the company stated. The decision comes pending a long-running patent suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Teva may launch generics for Truvada (i.e., emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) and Viread (i.e., tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) on June 1 if there is no ruling holding that the patents-in-suit are invalid or unenforceable, according to an agreement filed between the drug makers Nov. 27.

The case, Gilead Sciences v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, et al. is set for trial on Feb. 20, 2013.