Another Strong Quarter For AbbVie, But How Long Will Good Times Last?
With continued strong growth for Humira, AbbVie doubles down on confidence to protect the franchise with IP strategy. Imbruvica and Viekira Pak show growth, although the latter is flourishing only ex-US.
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Humira continues its strong growth pace through volume gains and market share across therapeutic categories, CEO Gonzalez says, while leukemia drug Imbruvica also had a solid third quarter.