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Launch of adalimumab biosimilar Amjevita postponed


Amgen, maker of the adalimumab biosimilar Amjevita (adalimumab-atto) has reached an agreement with AbbVie, manufacturer of the originator adalimumab Humira, that halts marketing of Amjevita in the United States until 2023 and in Europe until 2018, according to a company statement.

The deal between the two manufacturers settles a patent infringement lawsuit that AbbVie brought against Amgen after it received Food and Drug Administration approval in September 2016 for seven of Humira’s nine indications: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, plaque psoriasis, and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Amjevita is not approved for two of Humira’s indications, hidradenitis suppurativa and uveitis.

Amgen said in its statement that AbbVie will grant patent licenses for the use and sale of Amjevita worldwide, on a country-by-country basis, with current expectations that marketing will begin in Europe on Oct. 16, 2018, and in the United States on Jan. 31, 2023. Amjevita is named Amgevita in Europe.

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