A US district court has upheld patents on Amgen‘s Sensipar drug, used in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.

Pharmaceutical major Teva Pharmaceutical had attempted to market a generic version of the drug, but Amgen’s most recent patent on Sensipar does not expire until 2018.

Sensipar is used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease who are on dialysis, and high levels of calcium in patients suffering from parathyroid carcinoma.

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