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


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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