ITC Accepts Amgen's Complaint to Investigate Roche's Importation of Peg-EPO
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2006--Amgen
(NASDAQ:AMGN), today issued the following statement:
In response to Amgen's April 11, 2006 filing with the U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., the ITC has
decided to institute an investigation of Roche's importation of
pegylated recombinant human erythropoietin (peg-EPO) into the United
States. Amgen is asking the ITC to issue a permanent exclusion order
that would prohibit importation of peg-EPO into the United States.
The ITC is an independent federal agency that protects U.S.
companies and industries from unfair trade practices. Amgen
anticipates the ITC investigation will proceed over the normal course
of the next several months.
Amgen believes that an investigation by the ITC is an appropriate
step towards ensuring fair competition in the United States. We
believe Roche's peg-EPO violates six of our U.S. patents and does not
provide any additional clinical or patient benefit over Amgen's
innovative therapies, EPOGEN(R) (Epoetin alfa) and Aranesp(R)
Amgen revolutionized anemia treatment with the introduction of
EPOGEN. EPOGEN, along with Aranesp have accumulated over four million
combined patient years of experience. Amgen continues to invest
heavily in meaningful research to improve the lives of patients with
kidney, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Amgen has great confidence in its patent portfolio and a proven
track record of protecting its therapies from infringers. In addition
to the ITC investigation, Amgen is simultaneously pursuing a federal
lawsuit against Roche that was filed on November 8, 2005.
CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Marie Fay, 805-447-4587 (media)
Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors)