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Amgen's Third Quarter 2008 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Increased 14 Percent to $1.23
Date:10/22/2008

rior year. The decline in U.S. Aranesp sales reflects the negative impact on demand, primarily in the supportive cancer care setting, from regulatory and reimbursement changes which principally occurred in the second half of 2007, and additional product label changes which occurred in the third quarter of 2008. The decline in demand in the third quarter of 2008 was slightly offset by an increase in the average net sales price. International Aranesp sales increased 8 percent to $387 million versus $358 million in the third quarter of 2007 due to changes in foreign exchange which positively impacted third quarter 2008 sales by approximately $35 million, partially offset by pricing pressure and ESA (erythropoiesis stimulating agent) dosing conservatism versus the prior year. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, international product sales decreased 2 percent. Excluding the positive change in the accounting estimate related to product sales return reserves and foreign exchange gains, worldwide product sales decreased 8 percent in the third quarter of 2008 versus the prior year.

Sales of EPOGEN(R) (Epoetin alfa) increased 5 percent to $634 million in the third quarter of 2008 versus $602 million in the third quarter of 2007, primarily due to an increase in the average net sales price, favorable changes in wholesaler inventory levels and revised estimates of dialysis demand (primarily spillover) for prior quarters. Increased demand due to patient population growth was offset by a decline in dose / utilization within certain settings. 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 8 percent to $1,192 million in the third quarter of 2008 versus $1,100 million for the third quarter of 2007, driven p
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