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Yesterday the Supreme Court turned down Novartis’ bid to block the launch of generic versions of the company’s blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya in a dispute with China’s HEC Pharm Co Ltd and other generic drugmakers.

A separation of Sandoz via a 100 percent spin-off will create the leading European generics company and a global leader in biosimilars, and a more focused Novartis.

The company said it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme court to uphold the validity of a patent it holds on the dosing regimen for multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya after suffering a setback in a federal appeals court ruling.

A 3-judge panel questioned the legitimacy of Johnson & Johnson’s plan to form a subsidiary company with the purpose of absorbing legal liabilities from talc-related lawsuits.

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed, for the second time, a whistleblower lawsuit accusing drugmaker Novartis AG of paying kickbacks to doctors through a sham speaker program to promote its multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis said earnings at its generic drugs arm Sandoz would likely be flat this year rather than declining, adding that a strategic review over the unit’s future was progressing as planned.

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled against Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG in a patent infringement dispute concerning its blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya.