December 14, 2000
News Release 00-153
Inv. No. 337-TA-440

ITC INSTITUTES SECTION 337 INVESTIGATION ON CERTAIN 4-ANDROSTENEDIOL

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain 4-androstenediol. The product at issue in this investigation is a dietary supplement used to increase testosterone levels in humans.

The investigation is based on a complaint filed by LPJ Research, Inc., of Seymour, IL, on November 13, 2000. The complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain 4-androstenediol that infringes a patent owned by LPJ Research. In its complaint, LPJ Research requests that the ITC issue a permanent exclusion order and permanent cease and desist orders.

The ITC has identified Changzhou Huabang Pharmaceutical Group, Ltd., of Changzhou, Jiangsu, China, as a respondent in the investigation.

By instituting this investigation (337-TA-440), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The case will be referred to the Honorable Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Luckern will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. ITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the President of the United States within that 60-day period.

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