Just because a drug is third to market doesn't mean it's not a viable player--especially if it has safety on its side. Just ask Biogen Idec, whose Tecfidera has quickly eclipsed its predecessors to take the multiple sclerosis market by storm. But is that type of launch in the cards for Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim's diabetes med Jardiance?
After a manufacturing issue scuttled their first attempt, Eli Lilly and Boehringer Ingelheim have won the FDA's blessing to market their new diabetes drug, a late entrant into a crowded space.
The FDA is changing its tune on Jardiance, a Boehringer Ingelheim diabetes med it hasn't been so keen on in the past. After rejecting the drug in the face of a manufacturing issue, the agency Friday gave it approval to treat Type 2 diabetes.
The daring burglary of an Eli Lilly warehouse in 2010 was a record-setter by any number of measures. The parsing of the losses in insurance documents serves as a primer for the collateral damage that accrues from a large theft.
Three Big Pharma companies have helped come up with some seed money to start growing the first crop of biotechs in New York. Pfizer, Eli Lilly and J&J all chipped in to a $51 million fund from Accelerator Corp., which will now expand on the work it's been doing in Seattle to the East Side of Manhattan, recruiting upstarts to join investigators at the Alexandria Center for Life Science.
Eli Lilly's animal health business, Elanco, provides a bit of a bright spot in an otherwise weak earning report for its second quarter, with sales globally up more than 10%, while revenues across the entire company were up just 1%.
Eli Lilly said 2014 would be an extraordinarily challenging year, and judging from its second-quarter earnings, that prediction wasn't wrong. Lilly's revenue dropped 17% to $4.9 billion in the second quarter, largely because the company lost its patent protection on two of its biggest blockbusters: the anti-depressant Cymbalta, which once brought in nearly $5 billion in sales annually, and osteoporosis drug Evista, previously a $1-billion-a-year hit.
Eli Lilly says about 100 jobs will be lost in its dry products operations as it rejiggers tablet and capsule production over the next several years, but that employees will have the chance to move to other positions, like in its growing insulin operations.
Immunocore has struck another cancer R&D pact with one of the world's top drugmakers, signing a deal with Eli Lilly that'll both bring in short-term revenue and help the biotech build value in its proprietary pipeline.
Scientists at drug giant Eli Lilly have found that a combination therapy may be more effective at removing clumps of amyloid-β protein--widely thought to contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease--than the use of one therapy in mice.