alks-8k_20200909.htm
false Alkermes plc. 0001520262 0001520262 2020-09-09 2020-09-09

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 9, 2020

ALKERMES PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Ireland

 

001-35299

 

98-1007018

(State or other jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

(IRS Employer

of incorporation)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connaught House, 1 Burlington Road

Dublin 4, Ireland D04 C5Y6

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: + 353-1-772-8000

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

 

 

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

 

 

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

 

 

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Ordinary shares, $0.01 par value

 

ALKS

 

Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

 

 

Emerging growth company  

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 


 

Item 8.01 Other Events.

 

On September 9, 2020, Alkermes, Inc. and Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited, each an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Alkermes plc (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Alkermes”), filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Teva USA”) and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in response to Teva USA’s Paragraph IV certification notice (the “Notice Letter”) regarding the Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) submitted by Teva USA to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) seeking approval from the FDA to engage in the commercial manufacture, use or sale of a generic version of VIVITROL®  (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension), in the United States.  

 

The Notice Letter referenced a Paragraph IV certification against one Alkermes patent related to VIVITROL, U.S. Patent No. 7,919,499 (“the ’499 patent”), which is listed in the FDA’s Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (commonly referred to as the Orange Book).  The Notice Letter alleges that the ’499 patent, which expires in October 2029, is invalid, unenforceable and/or will not be infringed by the commercial manufacture, use or sale of Teva USA’s proposed product.

 

Alkermes intends to vigorously defend its intellectual property. The filing of the lawsuit within 45 days of receipt of the Notice Letter triggered a stay of FDA approval of the ANDA for up to 30 months in accordance with the U.S. Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (the Hatch-Waxman Act).

 

 

2


 

SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

ALKERMES PLC

 

 

Date: September 9, 2020

By:

 

/s/ David J. Gaffin

 

 

 

David J. Gaffin

 

 

 

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary

 

3

v3.20.2
Document And Entity Information
Sep. 09, 2020
Cover [Abstract]  
Document Type 8-K
Amendment Flag false
Document Period End Date Sep. 09, 2020
Entity Registrant Name Alkermes plc.
Entity Central Index Key 0001520262
Entity Emerging Growth Company false
Entity File Number 001-35299
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code L2
Entity Tax Identification Number 98-1007018
Entity Address, Address Line One Connaught House
Entity Address, Address Line Two 1 Burlington Road
Entity Address, City or Town Dublin 4
Entity Address, Country IE
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code D04 C5Y6
City Area Code 353
Local Phone Number 1-772-8000
Written Communications false
Soliciting Material false
Pre-commencement Tender Offer false
Pre-commencement Issuer Tender Offer false
Title of 12(b) Security Ordinary shares, $0.01 par value
Trading Symbol(s) ALKS
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ