Maker of Botox wins suit against alternative treatment
April 2, 2012
The manufacturer of Botox, Allergan, has won a court case against the company that makes an alternative drug for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. A California judge recently ruled that Merz, the company that manufacturers Xeomin, violated California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
According to Fox Business News, the case involves several former Allergan employees that were wooed away by Merz.
"According to court documents, an internal investigation by Allergan revealed multiple instances in which Merz employees sent confidential and proprietary information to [the Allergan employees'] personal email accounts before giving notice to Allergan that they were leaving to join Merz," reported the news provider. "The information included detailed sales and customer information for Botox and Allergan's Juvederm franchise."
The court's ruling prevents Merz from selling Xeomin for 10 months.
The drug, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July, became available to doctors in November. It was sold under the brand name Bocouture, and is derived from botulinum toxin type A, which is the same ingredient in Botox and Dysport.
Experts say that the difference between Xeomin and other injectables is that it does not require refrigeration prior to reconstitution.
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