05.11.2010

Novartis wins case to sell contact lenses in France

Novartis wins case to sell contact lenses in France

By Martin Burns

Contact lenses manufacturer Novartis has won a case against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to sell contact lenses in France.

Novartis had fought to protect its right to sell extended wear contact lenses in France but Johnson & Johnson sought to remove this right through the French courts.

Previously, the two organisations had contested the right in courts in the US, Netherlands, UK, Germany and Austria, with each country differing in its backing of Novartis or Johnson & Johnson, which produces Acuvue Oasys lenses.

With cases still pending in Spain, Italy and Ireland, Johnson & Johnson said it intends to appeal against the decision in France but company spokesman Gary Esterow said it will "continue to respect the injunction".

Earlier this week, Johnson & Johnson (HK) revealed that it is recalling further lots of contact lenses after identifying that a small percentage of them do not meet internal manufacturing requirements. 

by Martin Burns


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