Ovation Pharmaceuticals

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Ovation Pharmaceuticals is an American manufacturer and distributor of pharmaceuticals products. It was founded in 2000 by Jeffrey Aronin and is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. A major office is also located near Lebanon, New Jersey. Ovation is a privately held corporation based on a business model of acquiring mature but under-promoted pharmaceuticals, as well as pharmaceutical candidates which are far along the development and FDA certification processes. Since 2009 the company has been wholly owned by the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck.[1]


The company particularly focuses on niche drugs for small patient populations.[2] Products include the ADHD medicine Desoxyn (brand name for methamphetamine hydrochloride) and vigabatrin, an anticonvulsant that inhibits the catabolism of GABA and is indicated for epilepsy and substance abuse.


In 2003 Sanofi sold its interests in stanozolol, Methylphenobarbital, and Dimercaptosuccinic acid to Ovation.[3]

In March 2009 Lundbeck purchased Ovation for $600 million in cash, with further payments of up to $300 million based on regulatory approvals for vigabatrin (Sabril), which was under development at the time.[4]


In 2008 the Federal Trade Commission sued Ovation in Minnesota federal district court over its 2006 acquisition of NeoProfen, a treatment for a congenital heart defect in newborns known as patent ductus arteriosus. Ovation already owned Indocin IV, the only other drug used for this condition. Upon acquiring the only competitor for Indocin IV, Ovation raised the price of both drugs by 1,300 percent, from $36 per vial to nearly $500 per vial.[5][6] The dramatic price increase was the subject of a 2008 Congressional hearing.[7] In 2010 a district court judge ruled that the FTC had not proved its case.[8]


  1. ^ "Ovation Pharmaceuticals". Crunchbase. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Graham, Meg (July 13, 2015). "Jeff Aronin of Marathon Pharmaceuticals on life after a $900M exit". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ PRnewswire. 7 August 2003. Press release: Ovation Pharmaceuticals Acquires Mebaral(R), Chemet(R), and Winstrol(R) From Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc.
  4. ^ Rockoff, Johnathan D. (February 9, 2009). "Denmark's Lundbeck to Buy Ovation Pharmaceuticals". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "FTC Sues Ovation Pharmaceuticals for Illegally Acquiring Drug Used to Treat Premature Babies with Life-Threatening Heart Condition". Federal Trade Commission press release. December 16, 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "FTC Alleges Price Gouging, Illegal Monopoly for Baby Medicines". The Washington Post. 2008-12-17. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  7. ^ Pollack, Andrew (December 17, 2015). "Martin Shkreli's Arrest Gives Drug Makers Cover". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Wright, Josh (September 2, 2010). "The FTC Loses in Ovation Pharmaceuticals". Truth on the Market. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 

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