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Lilly Outlines Innovation Strategy, Reviews Promising Pipeline of Potential Medicines and Sets 2010 Financial Guidance
Date:12/10/2009

diabetes care, and has refocused its efforts in this important therapeutic area with the creation of a diabetes business unit that includes a dedicated asset base and a portfolio of commercially-successful products and promising pipeline opportunities. Lilly is one of only a few companies positioned to compete globally in the insulins business. The company remains firmly committed to its insulins franchise and is making the investments necessary in key geographies to further strengthen its competitive position. In addition, Lilly intends to maintain a leading role in the rapidly emerging area of GLP-based therapy. The need for new and improved treatments for patients with diabetes is great: an estimated 285 million people are expected to be affected worldwide in 2010.

Humalog® sales for the first three quarters of 2009 have grown 12 percent worldwide, including 21 percent growth in the U.S. market. Humalog has continued to show growth in total prescriptions in the U.S. over the past year. In addition, the company continues to launch its flagship pre-filled pen, Humalog KwikPen(TM), in markets around the world, and will continue to do so in 2010.

Byetta® remains the first and only GLP-1 receptor agonist available in the U.S. market. Since the initial effects of last year's FDA safety alert on Byetta's U.S. performance, the company and its partner, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, have slowed the erosion of prescriptions and are focused on returning Byetta to growth. Internationally, Byetta has been launched in approximately 60 countries, including most major markets. The company is pleased with the uptake of Byetta in many markets, including the major five European markets. Byetta was recently launched in China and is under regulatory review in Canada and Japan.

Key molecules in the diabetes business unit pipeline include:

  • Exenatide once weekly - The company continues to develop exenatide once weekly with
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