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

ontreal. The study met the primary and all secondary end points.

Nplate (TM) (romiplostim): The Company noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Nplate, the first and only agent that acts directly to increase platelet production for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in splenectomized (spleen removed) and non-splenectomized adults with chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Nplate, the first FDA-approved peptibody protein, works by raising and sustaining platelet counts, representing a novel approach for the treatment of this chronic disease.

Nplate was also approved for ITP by Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in July 2008. Amgen has filed for regulatory approval of Nplate in the European Union (EU), Canada, and Switzerland and these applications are currently under review.

AMG 317: The Company announced that it has reviewed interim results from a phase 2 study of AMG 317 in patients with moderate to severe asthma. The data showed evidence of biological activity; however, the clinical efficacy from the interim analysis did not meet expectations. The phase 2 study will be completed this year and results will be submitted to an appropriate peer-reviewed forum.

For more product information or the full prescribing information, please refer to the Amgen Website at http://www.amgen.com.

As previously announced, the Company has posted in the Investors section of the Company's website (http://www.amgen.com/investors) a slide presentation related to its second quarter financial results conference call, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. The conference call will be broadcast over the Internet and can also be found on Amgen's Website at the above web address.

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