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AbbVie Inc.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP announces that a securities class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased or acquired AbbVie Inc. (“AbbVie” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ABBV) securities between April 30, 2021 and August 31, 2021, inclusive. The lawsuit seeks to recover AbbVie shareholders’ investment losses.

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AbbVie is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.  Its biggest drug, Humira – an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis (“RA”), and more – was, in 2021 (aside from COVID-19 vaccines), the world’s best-selling prescription drug, with net revenue of more than $20 billion in 2021.  Humira accounts for more than a third of AbbVie’s net revenue.

While patents have protected Humira’s blockbuster profits for years, biosimilar drugs will be permitted to enter the market and compete directly with Humira beginning in 2023.  Accordingly, AbbVie’s future revenue and earnings depend in large part on the Company’s ability to develop new sources of revenue to offset reduced Humira sales. Rinvoq – an anti-inflammatory drug manufactured by AbbVie and used to treat RA and other diseases by inhibiting Janus kinase (“JAK”) enzymes – was touted as one such drug.

Rinvoq was initially approved in the United States to treat only moderate to severe RA.  However, AbbVie was actively pursuing additional treatment indications and, in 2020, asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) to approve Rinvoq for the treatment of several other diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and atopic dermatitis.

Rinvoq uses the same mechanism of action as other JAK inhibitor drugs, including Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR (collectively, “Xeljanz”), manufactured by Pfizer Inc. (“Pfizer”), and Olumiant, manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company (“Eli Lilly”).  Beginning in February 2019, the FDA repeatedly warned the public that the Xeljanz safety trial indicated that certain dosages of Xeljanz were associated with elevated risks of serious heart-related issues, cancer, and other adverse events.

Notwithstanding the pharmacological similarities between Rinvoq and Xeljanz, during the Class Period, Defendants conditioned investors to view Rinvoq as far safer than Xeljanz while downplaying the likelihood that the FDA would take regulatory action against Rinvoq as a result of Xeljanz’s problematic safety profile.

However, on June 25, 2021, AbbVie revealed that the FDA would not complete its review of several of the expanded treatment indications for Rinvoq by the end of June, as previously announced, due to its ongoing evaluation of safety concerns associated with Xeljanz.  On this news, the price of AbbVie common stock declined $1.76 per share, or approximately 1.5%, from a close of $114.74 per share on June 24, 2021, to close at $112.98 per share on June 25, 2021.

Then, on September 1, 2021, the FDA announced that final results from the Xeljanz safety trial established an increased risk of serious adverse events, even with low doses of Xeljanz.  As a result, the FDA determined that it would require new and updated warnings for Xeljanz and Rinvoq because Rinvoq “share[s] similar mechanisms of action with Xeljanz” and “may have similar risks as seen in the Xeljanz safety trial.”  The FDA also indicated that it would further limit approved indications for Rinvoq as a result of these safety concerns.

On this news, the price of AbbVie common stock declined more than 7% to close at $112.27 per share on September 1, 2021.

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