For Immediate Release: September 21, 2006
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Exenatide receives positive opinion from the European Committee for Medicinal
Products for Human Use for the treatment of type 2 diabetes
- The first medicine in a new class of treatments known as incretin mimetics -
INDIANAPOLIS, IND, and SAN DIEGO, CAL, USA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 - Eli Lilly and
Company (NYSE: LLY) and Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMLN) today
announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the
European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) has issued a positive opinion
recommending approval of exenatide for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. If
approved, this new medicine for type 2 diabetes is planned to be marketed
throughout the European Union under the proposed brand name BYETTAA'. Marketing
authorization by the European Commission is expected later this year.
Amylin and Lilly are seeking approval of exenatide as an adjunctive therapy to
improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes who have not
achieved adequate control on metformin and/or sulfonylurea, two common oral
"Exenatide is an exciting treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes
who cannot control their blood sugar level effectively using the common oral
medications metformin and/or sulfonylurea," said Lorenzo Tallarigo, M.D.,
president international operations at Lilly. "It also marks an important
milestone for Amylin and Lilly in the fight against the worldwide diabetes
"We are extremely pleased by the CHMP's recommendation for approval of
exenatide in Europe. This positive opinion validates the benefit to risk
profile seen in clinical trials for this new class of antidiabetic agents,"
said James Malone, M.D., global medical director at Lilly. "Exenatide is
another example of our commitment to provide innovative treatments for patients
The submission package to support the safety and efficacy profile of BYETTA
consisted of data collected from 35 studies and included nearly 4,000 patients
with type 2 diabetes treated with exenatide across more than 20 countries.
Three of the studies compared exenatide to insulin and showed that exenatide
can control blood sugar as effectively as insulin.1, 2, 3 Most patients in the
exenatide clinical studies also experienced significant reductions in weight.
Exenatide is the first in a new class of medicines known as incretin mimetics
and was approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration in April 2005 as an adjunctive therapy to improve blood sugar
control in patients with type 2 diabetes who have not achieved adequate control
on metformin and/or a sulfonylurea, two common oral diabetes medications.
Exenatide exhibits many of the same effects as the human incretin hormone
glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1, secreted in response to food intake,
has multiple effects on the intestine, liver, pancreas and brain that work in
concert to regulate blood sugar.4
About Incretin Mimetics
Incretin mimetics are a new class of treatment in the fight against diabetes.
An incretin mimetic works to mimic the anti-diabetic or glucose-lowering
actions of naturally occurring human hormones called incretins. These actions
include stimulating the body's ability to produce insulin in response to
elevated levels of blood sugar, inhibiting the release of a hormone called
glucagon following meals, slowing the rate at which nutrients are absorbed into
the bloodstream and reducing food intake. Exenatide is the first FDA-approved
Diabetes affects an estimated 194 million adults worldwide5 and around 48.4
million in Europe.6 Approximately 90 to 95 percent of those are affected by
type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by failure of the pancreatic beta
cells to adequately respond to the increased demands for insulin that occur as
a result of obesity-related insulin resistance.7 Type 2 diabetes usually occurs
in adults over the age of 40, but is increasingly common in younger people.6 In
virtually every developed society, diabetes is ranked among the leading causes
of blindness, renal failure and lower limb amputation, as well as death through
its effects on cardiovascular disease (70-80 percent of people with diabetes
die of cardiovascular disease)8. The calculated estimates of the costs of
diabetes care in Europe amount to 42.8 million International Dollars per year.
About Lilly and Amylin
Through a long-standing commitment to diabetes care, Lilly provides patients
with breakthrough treatments that enable them to live longer, healthier, and
fuller lives. Since 1923, Lilly has been the industry leader in pioneering
therapies to help health care professionals improve the lives of people with
diabetes, and research continues on innovative medicines to address the unmet
needs of patients.
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation is developing a growing
portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by
applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from
collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in
Indianapolis, IN, Lilly provides answers - through medicines and information -
for some of the world's most urgent medical needs.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company committed to improving
lives through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative
medicines. Amylin's research and development activities leverage the company's
expertise in metabolism to develop potential therapies to treat diabetes,
obesity and cardiovascular disease. Amylin is located in San Diego, California
with over 1250 employees.
This press release contains forward-looking statements about Amylin and Lilly.
Actual results could differ materially from those discussed or implied in this
press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk
that exenatide may not prove to be an important new therapeutic option,
European approval for exenatide may not be received or exenatide may be
affected by unexpected new data or technical issues. The potential for
exenatide may also be affected by government and commercial reimbursement and
pricing decisions, the pace of market acceptance and any issues related to
manufacturing and supply. These and additional risks and uncertainties are
described more fully in Amylin and Lilly's most recently filed SEC documents
such as their Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Amylin and Lilly disclaim any
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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exenatide compared with twice-daily biphasic insulin aspart in patients with
type 2 diabetes using sulphonylurea and metformin. Data disclosure at the 42nd
annual meeting of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes. September
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single oral antidiabetic agent. Data disclosure at the 42nd annual meeting of
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