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Effient(TM) is Now Available in Pharmacies
Date:8/5/2009

PARSIPPANY, N.J. and INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Effient(TM) (prasugrel), a new antiplatelet medicine, is now available in pharmacies across the United States, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced today.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Effient tablets on July 10 for the reduction of thrombotic cardiovascular events (including stent thrombosis) in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) who are managed with an artery-opening procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI usually includes the placement of a stent to help keep the artery open.

"Before Effient was available, physicians and patients had limited antiplatelet therapy options. Effient is a new treatment option to help reduce an ACS patient's risk of having a heart attack or stent thrombosis after PCI," said Dr. Dean Kereiakes, medical director at The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Cincinnati, OH. "Different patients respond differently to medications, so it's important to have multiple options for treating heart disease given how pervasive and costly this condition is in our society."

Effient helps keep blood platelets from clumping together and developing a blockage in an artery. Taking Effient along with aspirin after PCI has been shown to reduce the chances of having a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stent-related blood clots in patients with ACS. Bleeding is the most common side effect of Effient. Some bleeding can be life-threatening, and even fatal.

"We are excited about bringing Effient, to patients and their healthcare professionals," said Enrique Conterno, president of Lilly USA, LLC. "We will work closely with healthcare professionals to ensure they understand
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