Tagged as: Antitrust

Abbvie and Adalimumab Biosimilar Manufacturers Face Class-Action Lawsuit Alleging Antitrust Violations Related to Patent Protection of Humira®

On March 18, 2019, UFCW Local 1500 Welfare Fund, a New-York based grocery union, filed a putative class-action lawsuit against AbbVie and seven adalimumab biosimilar manufacturers alleging misconduct and antitrust violations in connection with AbbVie’s assertion of patents to prevent the sale of biosimilar versions of Humira® in the United States….

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European Commission Releases Pharmaceutical Anti-Competition Report

The European Commission has released a report summarizing the European Commission and the national competition authorities’ work to enforce European Union antitrust and merger rules in the pharmaceutical space.  The report notes that, by monitoring the pharmaceutical market to ensure that price competition for pharmaceuticals is not artificially reduced or eliminated, and…

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Motion to Dismiss Denied in Remicade Antitrust Suit

The District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied Johnson & Johnson and Janssen’s (“J&J”) motion to dismiss antitrust claims filed by Walgreens and Kroger concerning sales of J&J’s Remicade.  In the case, the retailers allege antitrust injury based on higher prices paid to distributors Amerisource Bergen and Cardinal…

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District Court Denies Johnson & Johnson’s Motion to Compel Arbitration in Remicade Antitrust Suit

We have covered Pfizer’s antitrust suit against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of Remicade® (infliximab). Pfizer’s suit alleges that Johnson & Johnson excluded Pfizer’s infliximab biosimilar from the market through anticompetitive bundling and rebate penalties for insurers and providers, causing inflated prices. In related litigation, retailers Walgreen and Kroger Co., direct purchasers,…

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Senators Ask FTC To Examine Biosimilar Patent Settlements For Antitrust Violations

United States Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) recently sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging the “FTC to examine global patent settlements relating to biosimilars to ensure they are not in violation of antitrust laws.”  According to the Senators, “biologics constitute a…

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