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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

lasta. Combined sales of Neulasta and NEUPOGEN in the U.S. were $884 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $832 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 6 percent primarily reflecting favorable changes in wholesaler inventories and an increase in demand for Neulasta. The increase in demand was driven by an increase in average net sales price, partially offset by a decline in units sold. Combined international sales increased 3 percent to $296 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus $286 million for the same quarter in the prior year. This growth reflects increased demand driven by the continued conversion from NEUPOGEN to Neulasta, partially offset by the impact of changes in foreign exchange which negatively impacted fourth quarter 2008 combined international sales by approximately $11 million. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, combined worldwide product sales and international product sales each increased 7 percent. For the full year, worldwide combined sales of Neulasta and NEUPOGEN were $4,659 million in 2008 versus $4,277 million in 2007, a 9 percent increase primarily driven by increased demand for Neulasta.

Sales of Enbrel(R) (etanercept) increased 7 percent in the fourth quarter to $913 million versus $856 million during the same period in 2007 and increased 11 percent to $3,598 million in 2008 versus $3,230 million in 2007. Sales growth for the fourth quarter and for the full year 2008 was driven by higher demand due to increases in average net sales price. ENBREL sales growth in the fourth quarter and full year 2008 were affected by share declines in the U.S. versus the prior year due to increased competitive activity. However, sales growth continued in both rheumatology and dermatology, and ENBREL continues to maintain a leading position in both segments. For the full year, ENBREL sales were also favorably impacted by wholesaler inventory build in the first quarter of 2008 to support the shift
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