BE – Ratiopharm (Teva) and Tiefenbacher v. Lundbeck (escitalopram)
Brussels court holds escitalopram to be the same product as citalopram under Articles 3(c)-(d) of the SPC-Regulation, Brussels Commercial Court, 3 October 2011 Link.
When the licence for Citalopram (Cipramil, Celexa) was coming to an end, Lundbeck launched their new wonder drug Escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex) and marketed this supposed new drug as a better and superior version of Citalopram. This has been proved once again to be fraudulent. So having been proved guilty of lying again and making billions from a product that was fraudulently licenced (without getting into how many people have died from its suicide ideation side effect) will the EU be taking a case against Lundbeck? What about the FBI? Will they be investigating Forest Labs who market Citalopram and Escitalopram in the US and incidentally have numerous ongoing cases for people who have suicided on this drug?
As far back as 2003, this had been reported in The British Medical Journal…
“The Danish drug company Lundbeck breached the UK industry code of practice in the way it advertised the successor to its top selling product, the antidepressant citalopram (Cipramil), the drug industry’s watchdog has ruled. The company claimed that its new offering, escitalopram (Cipralex), was more effective than citalopram, even though the two drugs have exactly the same active ingredient”. Link.
It didn’t take a genius to work it out either…
Lundbeck have a habit of lying and it was no surprise that they had lied to us at our meeting in Copenhagen. I have said already that we were shocked when we questioned Dr. Madsen and Mr. Schroll about the drug trials that they are doing on children as young as 7, their answer being that Lundbeck were mandated to do drug trials on children, even for adult medication. Well, I e-mailed the Danish Medicines Board about my concerns and surprise, surprise, Lundbeck were lying!
Leonie Why are you testing this drug which is well-known to be detrimental to children on children as young as 7 years of age in a drug trial? Citalopram and Escitalopram?
Dr. Madsen Em, we have done a number of trials and will do a number of trials. Eh, by one I can speak to the situation now, em, we’re mandated to investigate em, pharmaceutical effects in children also in order to advance the understanding of em, this treatment mortality, also on children.
Leonie So you actually intend to keep doing trials on 7 year olds, yeah?
Mr. Schroll We are not able to get approval of new drugs if we don’t test it in…
Leonie So you have to test them on children? Oh, of course you are looking for U.18’s as well, aren’t you, to make more money Yeah?
Dr. Madsen I think that is …..a certain out of this but per, per, eh, the Medicines Board, we would be mandated to do eh, trials, clinical studies in children.
Leonie So you’re still going to do them then, yeah?
Dr. Madsen If we want to have eh, drugs approved in Europe, then we will probably have to, yes.
Leonie You have to? That’s if you want them, want them approved for U.18’s you mean?
Dr. Madsen No. Also if you want adult drugs approved.
Leonie If you want to have a tablet or medication approved in an adult population, you have to, eh you have to trial them on 7 year olds?
Dr. Madsen Correct
Oct 11, 2011
Danish Medicines Agency – “Pharmaceutical companies are only required to conduct clinical trials in children for marketing approval of a drug if it is intended for use in children”.