FTC Urged To Investigate AbbVie’s IP Strategy On Humira
US Representatives Suggest Biosimilar Adalimumab Competition Delayed From 2017 To 2023
AbbVie delayed biosimilar competition to Humira “for far longer than warranted” and may have “engaged in other anti-competitive conduct to maintain its market share and pricing power” for the adalimumab brand, according to members of the US House of Representatives’ committee on oversight and reform. The US Federal Trade Commission has been urged to open a formal inquiry into the originator’s conduct.
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In the second part of an exclusive two-part interview with Generics Bulletin, Alvotech founder and chairman Robert Wessman sets out the firm’s expectations for its rival to Humira, as Alvotech continues to battle AbbVie in US litigation over its higher-strength adalimumab biosimilar.
AbbVie is not yet changing its modelling for Humira’s erosion in 2023, when as many as nine competing biosimilars could launch. The originator stated however that it will be in a better position to comment when it “goes through negotiations this summer” with payers and insurance providers.