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Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb Stop Enrollment in One of Two Phase III Lung Cancer Trials of Necitumumab
Date:2/2/2011

ZAR® (gemcitabine HCl for injection) and cisplatin. The same independent DMC recommended that this trial continue because no safety concerns have been observed.

"Patient safety is paramount.  While stopping enrollment in one of the two Phase III trials is disappointing, the SQUIRE Phase III study of necitumumab in lung cancer continues," said Richard Gaynor, M.D., vice president, oncology product development and medical affairs for Lilly.  "Lilly remains committed to developing new medicines that can help treat this devastating disease."

Lilly has contacted all trial investigators to provide detailed information on how to manage individuals enrolled in the trial, and has notified all pertinent regulatory agencies of this decision.

Necitumumab is being developed in a partnership between Lilly and Bristol-Myers Squibb.  The two companies share development costs and any potential commercialization within the U.S., Canada and Japan, while Lilly has exclusive commercialization rights in all other countries.

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Data Monitoring Committee

A Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) is an independent body consisting of physicians and statisticians.  Their responsibility is to review interim analysis data from clinical trials and make a decision on whether the trial is still set up correctly or needs modifications.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit www.bms.com, or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bmsnews.

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