Lilly layoffs pare communications department

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The communications department at Eli Lilly and Co. is the latest to face the company’s jobs ax.

The giant drugmaker is in the process of trimming 35 percent—or about 19 people—from its 55-person communications staff. Most of that staff is based in Indianapolis.

That communications team pushes out Lilly’s messages about its corporate business, its numerous drug products, directives from its executives and internal employee messages. They also field inquiries from reporters and stock analysts.

The communications employees who lose their jobs will be eligible to apply for open positions within Lilly. But, with the company moving to cut 5,500 positions worldwide by the end of 2011, open jobs are limited.

Lilly is providing outplacement and job-search help to all employees who lose their jobs and do not find new ones at the company.

The restructuring of the communications staff will be completed by mid-July, said Lilly spokesman Ed Sagebiel.

Lilly is reducing its work force in an attempt to cut $1 billion in annual expenses before patent expirations on its bestselling drug, the antispyhotic Zyprexa.

The $4.8-billion-a-year drug will face competition from cheaper generic versions beginning in October 2011, which will probably sap about 80 percent of its sales.

Since Lilly announced the planned job reductions in September 2009, it has trimmed employees in laboratory research, sales, marketing and manufacturing—including the transfer of the manufacturing plant in Lafayette to Germany-based Evonik Industries AG.

Lilly updates its progress on the job cuts once a quarter. In April, it said it had cut 1,500 jobs so far. The company will provide another update in July.

More details about Lilly’s restructuring plan can be found here.


  • More than 550
    Lilly is staying out of many media areas by not just "reallocating" but by "firing" good employees. I just talked with a person who worked at Lilly 21 years. He was 3 years from his retirement pension. In 2009 he was out of the office on medical leave and returned to receive a probationary letter. Now, he is without a job. Don't get ill at a pharmaceutical company! You can't be sick and their drugs won't help you anyway
  • it job reductions
    Well 19 jobs lost in communications area of Lilly is a lot less then the buy-out offer to 550 Indiana IT employees. Almost 100 took the offer.
  • Zyprexa Litigation
    Eli Lilly Zyprexa claims still litigated
    Eli Lilly is making positive PR over their NOW $4 billion Zyprexa damages settlement while dragging their feet paying victims,many who are mentally challenged and less capable of advocating for themselves.

    Eli Lilly, the Indy-based pharmaceutical company pleads guilty to promoting Zyprexa for unapproved uses and is slapped with $1.4 billion criminal fine, the largest ever placed on a U.S. company. It's the largest pharma-fraud-whistleblower case in US history.
  • Chinese markets
    China could be consumer for Lilly's cash cow Zyprexa which has been reproached in the States for adverse litigation. All the best for Eli Lilly and resolution of Zyprexa claims-Daniel Haszard

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