US International Trade Commission to investigate AbbVie claims that rival stole secrets

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Jhe United States International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate whether two companies misappropriated trade secrets as part of plans to eventually market a biosimilar version of Humira, a top-selling biologic drug sold by AbbVie ( ABBV) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.

The decision follows a complaint filed last month by AbbVie, which is bracing for a handful of biosimilar competitors next year and hopes to prevent Alvotech and its partner, Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA), from selling a version of Humira again. earlier. Alvotech is awaiting regulatory approval for its drug after pandemic travel restrictions delayed factory inspections by the Food and Drug Administration.

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