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Judge dismisses antitrust lawsuit against AbbVie over Humira 'patent thicket'

A federal judge on Monday dismissed antitrust litigation accusing pharmaceutical company AbbVie of illegally shielding its blockbuster arthritis drug Humira from cheaper biosimilar versions using a “thicket” of patents.

U.S District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois said the plaintiffs, all indirect purchasers of the drug, failed to allege that the Chicago-based company violated federal or state antitrust laws through its use of the legal patent process.

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