Pharmaceutical

Drug shortages hit Lilly, Endocyte

November 7, 2011
J.K. Wall
The nation’s shortage of certain drugs is threatening to affect research trials being conducted by Eli Lilly and Co. and Endocyte Inc.
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Lilly hid Zyprexa's diabetes risks, family’s lawyer argues

November 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. hid the diabetes risks of Zyprexa to protect sales, a lawyer for the family of a 20-year-old patient who died while taking the medicine told a jury in the first case to go to trial over the drug. The attorney asked jurors to award the family $40 million in compensatory damages.
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Lilly loses British Supreme Court ruling over gene patent

November 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
The British Supreme Court ruled in favor of Human Genome Sciences Inc. in its dispute with Eli Lilly and Co. over the validity of a patent for a gene sequence that could be used to treat people with immune diseases.
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Lilly fights view that fate hinges on Alzheimer's drugRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Greg Andrews
Analysts have eyes on trial data for drug that could be a game-changer for the company.
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Lilly wins European approval for new use of Alimta

October 28, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based drugmaker can now market lung cancer drug as a continuation maintenance therapy, potentially boosting sales after recent loss of patent on bestseller Zyprexa.
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Zyprexa era comes to an end for LillyRestricted Content

October 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
On Oct. 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic versions of Eli Lilly and Co.’s best-seller, ending 15 years of highly lucrative sales.
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FDA approves first generic versions of Zyprexa

October 24, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Federal health officials on Monday approved the first generic versions of the blockbuster drug Zyprexa, which posted sales of $5.7 billion last year for Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co Inc.
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Lilly: Vendors key after Zyprexa patent loss

October 24, 2011
J.K. Wall
Lilly's patent-loss challenges—the biggest of which takes effect today—will force the company to rely even more on its 1,300 Indiana vendors.
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Lilly diabetes drug wins approval for expanded use

October 19, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Byetta has received expanded approval for use with the world’s top-selling insulin to treat Type 2 diabetes.
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Q&A

October 17, 2011
J.K. Wall
Sherry Keramidas, who earned her doctorate in neuroscience and physiological psychology from Purdue University, is executive director of the Maryland-based Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, which is holding its annual conference Oct. 22-26 at the Indiana Convention Center.
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Lilly announces replacements for two retiring executives

October 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Bryce Carmine, president of Lilly’s bio-medicines division, and Frank Deane, president of Lilly’s global manufacturing operations, both will retire on Dec. 31.
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FDA approves Cialis for enlarged prostate

October 7, 2011
Cialis, Lilly's blockbuster erectile dysfunction drug, now can be taken to treat enlarged prostate. FDA approval means men who suffer from both disorders can take one medication.
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Lilly CEO says he's not interested in Pfizer animal unit

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. doesn’t plan to buy Pfizer Inc.’s $3.58 billion animal-health business, CEO John Lechleiter said Wednesday.
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Eli Lilly, Turkish firm in talks to sell drugs in 26 nations

October 3, 2011
Bloomberg News
Eli Lilly and Co., the world’s biggest maker of psychiatric drugs, is in talks with Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii AS to sell the Turkish company’s treatments in 26 countries, said Mustafa Nevzat’s CEO.
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Lilly's Alimta get favorable opinion for new use in Europe

September 26, 2011
J.K. Wall
If approved for continuation maintenance, Eli Lilly and Co.'s Alimta could be used for longer stretches in lung cancer patients, generating more revenue.
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Debate rages over whether Lilly's Byetta lifts cancer risk

September 16, 2011
Bloomberg News
A German researcher disputed the validity of a study that found Byetta and another diabetes drug increase cancer risk.
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Health regulatory leaders ready to flock to city

September 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The top event for regulatory professionals in the health care industry is headed to Indianapolis next month. The annual conference of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, or RAPS, is expected to draw thousands of members representing 120 companies and organizations.
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FDA gets new report on Lilly diabetes drug

September 12, 2011
Associated Press
Drugmakers Eli Lilly and Co. and Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that patients taking their potential once-weekly diabetes treatment, Bydureon, saw a significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors.
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FDA deal with drugmakers raises user fees 6 percent

September 1, 2011
Bloomberg News
Drugmakers including Eli Lilly an Co. have agreed with regulators on a 6-percent increase in review fees as part of reauthorizing the drug-approval process through fiscal 2017.
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Endocyte completes secondary public offering

August 3, 2011
The West Lafayette-based biotech firm raised about $66.8 million by selling nearly 6.7 million shares of company stock, priced at $12.26 per share.
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Eli Lilly's Elanco unit blossoming at just the right timeRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Greg Andrews
An investment firm projects that the Elanco animal-health business will generate sales of nearly $2 billion by 2012 and surpass $3 billion by 2018.
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Lilly wins appeals court ruling in Strattera patent case

July 29, 2011
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., overturned Friday a judge’s decision that Lilly’s patent on attention-deficit treatment Strattera was invalid.
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Despite sales spike, Effient has middling prospects

July 25, 2011
J.K. Wall
Remember Effient? The blood thinner that was once Eli Lilly and Co.’s greatest post-Zyprexa hope and then, after a slow launch, was dismissed as an abject failure? Well, it’s turning out to defy both predictions.
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UPDATE: Medco acquisition could lead to local consolidation

July 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
It’s not yet clear how Express Scripts Inc.’s $29.1 billion acquisition of rival Medco Health Solutions will affect the companies’ central Indiana operations—or their 800-plus employees at two facilities here.
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Lilly profit falls, but forecast rises after second quarter

July 21, 2011
J.K. Wall
Second-quarter profit fell at Eli Lilly and Co., but the Indianapolis drugmaker beat the estimates of Wall Street analysts by a penny per share and raised its full-year profit forecast by as much as 10 cents per share.
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