Pharmaceutical

Bristol-Myers to buy former Lilly partner Amylin for $5.3B

June 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has agreed to pay $5.3 billion to acquire former Eli Lilly and Co. partner Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc., a maker of diabetes therapies. The deal is valued at about $7 billion, which includes Amylin’s debt and a payment to Eli Lilly and Co. of about $1.7 billion.
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Lilly resumes $3B stock buyback program, declares dividend

June 19, 2012
Associated Press
The local pharmaceutical giant plans to complete the program started in 2000 by repurchasing $420 million in shares by the end of the year. And on Tuesday, it declared a regular dividend of 49 cents.
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Lilly sinks $20M into Chinese firm for 'branded generic' drugs

June 12, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. has invested $20 million in Chinese pharmaceutical company Novast Labs in an effort to build up a portfolio of branded generic medicines in the fast-growing Asian market.
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Lilly chases Novo in insulin race

June 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. announced positive results for an experiemental insulin at the annual American Diabetes Association conference in Philadelphia, but was still upstaged by Denmark-based Novo Nordisk A/S.
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FDA’s $6.4B drug review fee plan passes Senate

May 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Senate voted to let regulators collect on a $6.4 billion fee agreement struck with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co., Medtronic Inc. and other companies to fund reviews of new drugs and medical devices through 2017.
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Good cholesterol may not lower heart risk, study suggests

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Raising good cholesterol, a goal pursued by Eli Lilly and Co. as the next milestone in cardiac care, may not cut heart-attack risk, says a study that challenges the development of drugs that may someday generate billions of dollars in sales.
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U.S. losing drug-research jobs to other countries

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and other big pharmaceutical companies are creating thousands of research jobs overseas as countries led by Singapore, Ireland and South Africa boost incentives.
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Lilly unlikely to gain from Plavix patent loss, analyst says

May 17, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and London-based AstraZeneca Plc aren't expected to have an easier time gaining more of the market for blood thinners dominated by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Plavix after the drug loses U.S. patent protection Thursday.
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Roche scraps hoped-for cholesterol blockbuster

May 7, 2012
Associated Press
A second experimental cholesterol medicine in a once-promising class of drugs meant to replace blockbusters such as Lipitor has failed in testing, casting doubt on whether any of the drugs will ever make it to pharmacies. Eli Lilly is developing a similar drug.
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Lilly: Forget Alzheimer's; think diabetes

May 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
For more than a year, Eli Lilly and Co. has been viewed by investors as a laggard stock with one, slim shot at producing a huge jackpot: its experimental Alzheimer’s drug. But now company leaders are trying to direct investor attention toward the drugmaker’s diabetes portfolio.
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Arrests made in $80M Lilly prescription drug heist

May 3, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Bloomberg News
Authorities have arrested two Cuban brothers in the 2010 theft of about $80 million in Eli Lilly and Co. prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse, a robbery described as one of the biggest pharmaceutical heists in history, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday.
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Lilly letting U.S. researchers test failed compounds for new uses

May 3, 2012
Bloomberg News
More than 20 compounds that Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc failed to turn into drugs will be tested by U.S.-sponsored scientists in a $20 million program to see if they’ll work against ailments they weren’t aimed at previously.
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Lilly capitalizing on demand for testosterone drugs

May 2, 2012
Bloomberg News
The market for testosterone-replacement treatments is growing, but health experts say overuse of the drugs can be dangerous.
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Eli Lilly's Cialis faces faster-acting competition

April 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
A Vivus Inc. pill that is supposed to provide erections within 15 minutes, about half the time or less than Eli Lilly and Co.'s Cialis or Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra,  has received U.S. regulatory approval.
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Poison pills remain as Lilly shareholder vote falls short

April 16, 2012
J.K. Wall
The proposal garnered support from the owners of 62 percent of Eli Lilly's outstanding shares. To pass, the proposal needed approval from the owners of 80 percent of Lilly’s shares.
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Endocyte could get $1B from Merck development deal

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
Endocyte Inc. stock more than doubled in premarket trading after the company entered into an agreement to develop its ovarian cancer treatment with pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co.
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New Lilly drug has small sales potential

April 9, 2012
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.’s newest drug is a boon for Alzheimer’s research but is likely to bring the Indianapolis drugmaker less than $100 million in annual sales—at least initially, according to one of the few analysts to make a forecast.
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Express Scripts-Medco deal approved by U.S. regulators

April 2, 2012
Bloomberg News
Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion bid for rival drug benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. won unconditional approval from U.S. antitrust regulators, clearing the way to create the biggest manager of prescription-drug benefits for corporate and government clients.
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Lilly receives Europe's OK for new Byetta use

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press
European regulators have approved an expanded use for the diabetes treatment Byetta, developed by Eli Lilly and Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. The FDA approved the same expanded use last fall.
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Lilly to focus on cancer, diabetes in China, CEO says

March 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. will introduce “over a dozen” new products in China in the next five years, focusing on “unmet needs” such as cancer and diabetes, CEO John Lechleiter said this week.
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Express Scripts’ Medco deal may be delayed by potential suit

March 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Express Scripts Inc.’s bid to acquire Medco Health Solutions Inc. and create the largest U.S. pharmacy-benefits manager may be delayed by a lawsuit being considered by five states.
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Endocyte pulls trigger on European drug submission

March 13, 2012
J.K. Wall
Endocyte Inc. will submit its ovarian cancer drug EC145 for European market approval in the third quarter of this year after the European Commission granted it orphan drug status.
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FTC asks critics of Express Scripts-Medco deal for ideas

March 10, 2012
Bloomberg News
Two pharmacy groups opposing Express Scripts Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Medco Health Solutions Inc. said they were asked by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to suggest ways to revise the $29.1 billion deal so it wouldn’t harm competition.
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FDA removes hurdle in Endocyte's path to drug approval

March 5, 2012
J.K. Wall
Endocyte Inc. can start enrolling patients again in a clinical trial of its experimental cancer drug, the company announced Monday, clearing away a hurdle to getting the drug approved in Europe.
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New drugmaker code deprives docs of football, lunch for 2

March 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Doctors can still get free samples of medicines, but not football tickets or lunch for their spouses, under a revised code of conduct drafted by a global drug industry trade group that counts Eli Lilly as a member.
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