AbbVie Urges ITC To Block Humira Rival Over Trade Secrets

By Dani Kass (December 20, 2021, 6:34 PM EST) -- AbbVie Inc. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of Alvotech's biosimilar version of the best-selling biologic Humira, claiming the Icelandic company has been poaching its employees and benefiting from its trade secrets.

In a Friday complaint, AbbVie asked the agency to investigate whether Alvotech, Teva and Ivers-Lee AG are violating Section 337 of the Tariff Act by importing an adalimumab biosimilar — called AVT02 — that relied on the misappropriation of trade secrets. Humira, used for rheumatoid arthritis and a variety of other conditions, is the best selling drug in the world, with 2020 sales surpassing $20...

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