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Date:11/17/2011

medicines at steep discounts to countries facing MDR-TB outbreaks, increased its own production capacity and began freely transferring its manufacturing technology to local manufacturers in countries hit hardest by the disease.

This work officially evolved into The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership in 2003, becoming one of Lilly's signature corporate responsibility programs. Lilly originally committed $70 million to launch the partnership, elevate MDR-TB on the global health agenda, and transfer the company's technology. In 2007, Lilly expanded the duration and scope for the MDR-TB partnership by committing an additional $50 million to the collaboration to complete the technology transfer and strengthen awareness, prevention, and care for patients who suffer from MDR-TB. In October 2011, Lilly announced it would commit an additional $30 million to The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership to provide training for healthcare workers and to improve supply and access to safe, effective, and quality-assured second-line drugs.

Recognizing that new treatment options were needed, the company also launched the Lilly TB Drug Discovery Initiative in 2007 to spur early drug discovery efforts. Including today's announcement, Lilly has now committed more than $170 million to the global fight against TB and MDR-TB.

"Our financial contribution is small compared to the billions of dollars needed to fight TB and MDR-TB," said Lechleiter. "We cannot solve this global challenge alone, but – given our unique experience and capabilities – we will continue to play an important role as a catalyst."

About TB and MDR-TB

TB is caused by airborne bacteria that can spread to any organ of the body, but most often is found in the lungs. Symptoms may include severe and prolonged coughing, fever, weight loss, chest pain, and night sweats. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines MDR-TB as resistance to at least two first line anti-TB medicines. This type of TB
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