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Analysis Finds BYETTA® Associated with Lower Likelihood of Heart Failure Compared with Other Diabetes Therapies: Results Presented at ADA 2011
Date:6/24/2011

SAN DIEGO, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMLN) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced results from a retrospective analysis of more than 778,000 patients that showed the addition of BYETTA® (exenatide) injection to pre-existing diabetes treatment regimens was associated with a reduced likelihood of heart failure, especially among patients receiving insulin. These findings will be presented in a poster session at the 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego on June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PDT.

The retrospective analysis used data from the GE Healthcare Centricity electronic medical record to analyze the likelihood of heart failure for BYETTA in combination with certain other diabetes treatments compared with control groups of patients not treated with BYETTA. Across all therapies, patients who received BYETTA were 54 percent less likely to experience heart failure compared to patients not treated with BYETTA.

"Compared with the general population, people with diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease, with at least double the risk of developing heart failure. That's why it is imperative that we understand the role diabetes treatments may play in patients' cardiovascular health," said Christian Weyer, M.D., senior vice president, research and development, Amylin Pharmaceuticals. "In addition to retrospective analyses like this one, our EXSCEL cardiovascular outcomes study is underway to thoroughly and prospectively evaluate cardiovascular effects of exenatide."

EXSCEL (EXenatide Study of Cardiovascular Event Lowering) is designed to determine if there are favorable cardiovascular effects of exenatide treatment, using BYDUREON™ (exenatide extended-relea
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