The experimental drug eased arthritis pain in hard-to-treat patients without major safety concerns, a key step in creating a new class of medications that may one day offer an alternative to narcotics.
Dr. Dan Skovronsky needs to deliver on the drugmaker’s audacious goal of launching 20 new medicines by 2023.
While the ultimate outcome remains far from certain, the study is a bright spot—if a tenuous one—in the search for a treatment for Alzheimer’s, where more than 100 experimental drugs have failed.
An independent data-monitoring committee found that the medicine, lanabecestat, was unlikely to meet the goals of the studies, one for early Alzheimer’s and the other for mild dementia related to the disease.
The Indianapolis-based drugmaker has been working for years to develop the much-anticipated drug, which some analysts had said might ring up $2 billion a year in sales.
The 5-year-old Carmel biotech has won plenty of attention from Wall Street and has secured more than $100 million through licensing deals and a stock offering to help fund expensive clinical trials.
The Food and Drug Administration wants to help patients get faster access to promising cancer treatments, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told House lawmakers Thursday.
The Indianapolis drugmaker said it will not be required to conduct another expensive, time-consuming clinical trial for the potential blockbuster.
The companies say the drug, now in late-stage clinical trials, could be more effective for pain treatment than opioids—a dangerous category of pain killers that includes hydrocodone, morphine and fentanyl—without the abuse potential of such medications.
Lilly is in a race with several pharmaceutical firms to develop migraine treatments using an approach known as anti-CGRP and that could create a multibillion-dollar market.
News that federal regulators rejected Lilly’s drug for arthritis sent the stock tumbling more than 5 percent Monday, and sent surprised analysts searching for answers.
The drug, which has the proposed brand name Olumiant and is approved for use in Europe, was expected to be a big seller.
The federal agency says the Indianapolis doctor studying Pfizer’s Chantix last year failed to keep accurate records and used patients who didn’t meet the trial requirements.
Merck & Co. on Tuesday announced that it will end a study of its once-promising Alzheimer’s disease drug in patients with mild-to-moderate forms of the condition, just three months after Eli Lilly and Co. announced its own setback in a field that’s been littered with failures.
Two local men who have been working on a potential blockbuster treatment for a rare and debilitating disease are hopeful that a major injection of venture capital will provide the boost needed to move the drug to market—even if it means sweeping changes for their company.
One of the bill’s author said it is designed to help parents who are “up against a wall,” and he stressed that it should not be confused as a first step to medical marijuana legalization in the state.
t was the most closely watched experimental drug from Eli Lilly and Co. in years, a potential game-changer for treating the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The company has requested a tax break from Indianapolis officials on the project that would save it about $484,000 over eight years.
Eli Lilly and Co. employees knew the Alzheimer's treatment solanezumab was not a sure bet. But that didn’t make the pain any less acute after the company announced the drug had failed to demonstrate effectiveness during a 2,100-patient Phase 3 clinical trial.