Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

April 27, 2012

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)



Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-14471   52-1574808
(State of Incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification Number)

7720 North Dobson Road

Scottsdale, Arizona 85256

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(602) 808-8800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 8.01 Other Events.

The Company Receives a Paragraph IV Patent Certification from Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

On April 27, 2012, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (the “Company”) received a Paragraph IV Patent Certification from Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (“Zydus”) advising that Zydus has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (“ANDA”) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) for generic versions of SOLODYN® (minocycline HCl, USP) Extended Release Tablets in 45mg, 55mg, 65mg, 80mg, 90mg, 105mg and 135mg strengths. Zydus has not advised the Company as to the timing or status of the FDA’s review of its filing, or whether it has complied with FDA requirements for proving bioequivalence. Zydus’s Paragraph IV Patent Certification alleges that the Company’s U.S. Patent Nos. 5,908,838, 7,541,347, 7,544,373, 7,790,705 and 7,919,483 are invalid and/or will not be infringed by Zydus’s manufacture, use or sale of the products for which the ANDA was submitted. The expiration dates for the patents are in 2018, 2027, 2027, 2025 and 2027, respectively. The Company intends to continue to vigorously defend its intellectual property relating to SOLODYN®.


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


Date: May 2, 2012   By:  

/s/ Seth L. Rodner

    Seth L. Rodner
    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and
    Corporate Secretary