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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

lesser extent, loss of segment share. International Aranesp sales decreased 5 percent to $345 million versus $365 million in the fourth quarter of 2007 due to changes in foreign exchange which negatively impacted fourth quarter 2008 sales by approximately $12 million, pricing pressure, and ESA (erythropoiesis stimulating agent) dosing conservatism in our oncology business. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, worldwide product sales decreased 13 percent and international product sales decreased 2 percent. For the full year, worldwide Aranesp sales were $3,137 million in 2008 versus $3,614 million in 2007, a 13 percent decrease. This decrease in sales was primarily due to a decline in demand reflecting reaction to regulatory and reimbursement developments and, to a lesser extent, loss of segment share noted above.

Sales of EPOGEN(R) (Epoetin alfa) increased 1 percent to $646 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $638 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, primarily due to favorable changes in wholesaler inventories, partially offset by a decline in demand and to a lesser degree spillover. The decline in demand is principally due to a decline in the average net sales price and lighter year end customer demand, partially offset by an increase in patient population growth. For the full year, EPOGEN sales were $2,456 million in 2008 versus $2,489 million in 2007, a 1 percent decrease. This decrease in sales is principally due to a slight decline in demand. Spillover is a result of the Company's contractual relationship with Johnson & Johnson. (Please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for a more detailed discussion of this relationship and a description of spillover).

Combined worldwide sales of Neulasta(R) (pegfilgrastim) and NEUPOGEN(R) (Filgrastim) increased 6 percent to $1,180 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $1,118 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, driven primarily by increased demand for Neu
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