Pharma giant AbbVie and Iceland-based Alvotech settled a case filed with the International Trade Commission. The dispute centered around Alvotech’s adalimumab biosimilar drug, which AbbVie posited had been developed through theft of trade secrets of the company’s Humira product.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted for review Pfizer Inc.’s Prior Approval Supplement to the Biologics License Application for ABRILADA (adalimumab-afzb) as an interchangeable biosimilar to Humira (adalimumab).

AbbVie reported the company’s fourth-quarter 2021 and full-year financial results on Feb. 2, with worldwide net reviews up 7.4% to $14.89 billion for the quarter. Total revenues for 2021 were $56 billion. The company’s anchor product remains Humira, which will begin to lose exclusivity in 2023.

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s COVID-19 drug remdesivir during 2021 overtook AbbVie Inc.’s 20-year-old arthritis drug Humira as the medicine that U.S. hospitals spent the most on, according to Vizient Inc., a purchasing group used by about half the nation’s hospitals.

AbbVie Inc. on Oct. 29 raised the company’s 2021 adjusted profit forecast for the third time this year after a stellar performance by newer medicines helped the U.S. drugmaker beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit and revenue.

AbbVie’s Rinvoq continues to demonstrate the medicine’s clinical potential to become the heir-apparent to the company’s blockbuster drug Humira, which will lose patent protection in 2023. In the company’s second-quarter 2021 report, AbbVie touted advances Rinvoq made throughout the three months, including positive Phase III data in ulcerative colitis.

During the Digestive Disease Week meeting, AbbVie presented late-breaking data analyses that showed both doses of Skyrizi met the co-primary endpoints of clinical remission and endoscopic response at week 12 compared to placebo in two Phase III studies. The Lancet published results from pivotal global Phase III clinical trials – Measure Up 1, Measure Up 2 and AD Up – evaluating Rinvoq (upadacitinib) in adults and adolescents with mild to severe atopic dermatitis who were candidates for systemic treatment.

AbbVie exploits the U.S. patent system to push up prices for the company’s Humira rheumatoid arthritis drug and cancer medicine Imbruvica, according to a U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee staff report on May 18.

A legal complaint was filed against Alvotech for the Icelandic pharmaceutical company’s alleged misappropriation of trade secrets involving the development of a generic version of AbbVie’s rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira.

UCB SA said the company’s experimental plaque psoriasis drug bimekizumab produced better results compared to AbbVie Inc.’s blockbuster medicine Humira in reducing the disease’s severity.