AbbVie tries to reassure investors on Humira biosimilar threat

  • U.S. Humira sales fell 40% year over year during the first three months of 2024, to about $1.8 billion, as biosimilar copycats put pressure on AbbVie’s top-selling drug, the company said Friday in its first quarter earnings report.
  • The declines were “in line” with what the company had anticipated for its inflammatory disease drug, AbbVie commercial chief Jeffrey Stewart said in a call with investors. Humira now faces 10 copycat competitors in the U.S., the first of which launched Jan. 31, 2023.
  • Stewart said the company also expected a recent decision by CVS Health, whose pharmacy benefit manager is the country’s largest by prescription claims, to remove Humira from its national pharmacy effective April 1. Although that has meant Humira’s market share dropped from 96% to 81% over two weeks, Stewart said some of the shift went to other branded medicines, like AbbVie’s products Skyrizi and Rinvoq.

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