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BYETTA Approved for Expanded Use as First-Line Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes
Date:10/30/2009

SAN DIEGO and INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 30, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (Nasdaq: AMLN) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an expanded indication for BYETTA® (exenatide) injection. BYETTA is now approved for use as a stand-alone medication (monotherapy) along with diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. Previously, it was approved for use only in patients who were also taking other common diabetes medications and had not achieved adequate glycemic control.

"The expanded indication gives physicians the option to prescribe BYETTA as a first-line treatment, increasing the number of patients who may benefit from the medication and providing an opportunity to treat patients with BYETTA earlier in the disease," said Orville G. Kolterman, M.D., senior vice president of research and development, Amylin Pharmaceuticals. "Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease, so it is essential that healthcare professionals and their patients have a wide array of treatments that can effectively control blood glucose levels."

The approval of BYETTA as a monotherapy treatment was based on a clinical study of patients with type 2 diabetes who were unable to achieve glycemic control through diet and exercise alone. Study findings showed that patients treated with 5 mcg or 10 mcg of BYETTA as monotherapy reduced their A1C, a measure of average blood sugar over three months, by 0.7 percentage points and 0.9 percentage points, respectively, and lost 6.0 pounds and 6.4 pounds, respectively. Results of this study were published in Clinical Therapeutics in August 2008.(i)

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