Could AbbVie-Allergan lean on skyrocketing Vraylar scripts in a post-Humira world?

Allergan's Vraylar, approaching blockbuster status, could pair nicely with AbbVie's blockbusters-to-be in Rinvoq and Skyrizi. (AbbVie)

Amidst AbbVie's $63 billion takeover of Allergan, much has been made of likely business drivers like Botox and eye drug Restasis. But another Allergan med—the next-gen antipsychotic Vraylar—is cleaning up in prescriptions, and it could offer another offset for AbbVie's aging megablockbuster Humira.

Total prescriptions for Vraylar jumped 81% in November from the same period a year ago, according to IQVIA, providing even more hope that the drug could be nearing the blockbuster threshold for Allergan. 

In the third quarter, Vraylar hit $234 million in sales, a 70% increase year-over-year, only a few months after scoring an FDA approval in bipolar depression. That nod made Vraylar the first drug cleared for the full spectrum of bipolar I.


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It could also help fuel peak sales of around $1.16 billion in 2026, according to Credit Suisse analyst Vamil Divan. In fact, at $234 million per quarter, it's almost there already.

While Vraylar obviously isn't expected to hit the $20 billion-a-year high of AbbVie's immunology giant Humira, rapid growth in sales could help take some of the sting away from the expected hit to that drug post-merger.

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