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Amgen's Fourth Quarter 2008 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Increased 6 Percent to $1.06; Full Year 2008 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Increased 6 Percent to $4.55
Date:1/26/2009

sales increased 4 percent to $774 million versus $747 million for the fourth quarter of 2007. Changes in foreign exchange negatively impacted fourth quarter 2008 sales by $30 million. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, total product sales increased 2 percent and international product sales increased 8 percent. For the full year, total product sales were $14,687 million in 2008 versus $14,311 million in 2007, a 3 percent increase. U.S. sales for the full year were relatively unchanged at $11,460 million versus $11,443 million in the prior year. International sales for the full year increased 13 percent to $3,227 million versus $2,868 million in the prior year. Changes in foreign exchange positively impacted full year sales by $213 million. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, total product sales increased 1 percent and international sales increased 5 percent.

Worldwide sales of Aranesp(R) (darbepoetin alfa) decreased 15 percent to $706 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $827 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. In the U.S., Aranesp sales decreased 22 percent to $361 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $462 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. U.S. sales of Aranesp for the fourth quarter of 2007 benefited $37 million from changes in accounting estimates related to sales discounts and product sales returns reserve. Excluding the positive impact of these changes in accounting estimates, U.S. sales of Aranesp decreased 15 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus the prior year. This decrease in U.S. sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 primarily reflects a decline in demand, partially offset by favorable changes in wholesaler inventories. The decline in demand reflects the negative impact, primarily in the supportive cancer care setting, from regulatory changes which principally occurred in the second half of 2007, additional product label changes which occurred in the third quarter of 2008, and, to a
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