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Lilly Discontinues One of Three Phase 3 Rheumatoid Arthritis Registration Studies for Tabalumab
Date:12/13/2012

Lilly will continue to develop additional treatment options for patients with autoimmune diseases."

The decision to stop the FLEX-M study is expected to result in a fourth-quarter charge in the range of $20 million to $35 million (pre-tax), or approximately $0.02 per share (after-tax). The company's previously issued financial guidance for 2012 remains unchanged.

About the FLEX-M Study

The FLEX-M study (study BCDM) is a Phase 3, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of tabalumab in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis who had an inadequate response to methotrexate therapy. This pivotal registration study includes the assessment of the effect of tabalumab on structural progression.   

About BAFF and Tabalumab 

BAFF (B cell activating factor) is a cytokine that promotes B cell survival, proliferation and activation. In the presence of excess BAFF, B cells, including autoreactive B cells, are not appropriately eliminated by the immune system and may therefore contribute to the development of RA by producing autoantibodies and proinflammatory cytokines and "helping" autoreactive T cells. BAFF exists in both membrane-bound and soluble forms.

Tabalumab is a human immunoglobulin G subclass 4 (IgG4) monoclonal antibody (MAb) that inhibits both membrane-bound and soluble B cell activating factor (BAFF). Tabalumab is currently in Phase 3 development as a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

About Lilly's Autoimmune Pipeline

Tabalumab is one of three potential new medicines in late-stage clinical development for a variety of autoimmune conditions. The others are ixekizumab, an anti-IL-17 monoclonal antibody, for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, and baricitinib, a JAK1 and JAK2 inhibitor being developed in collaboration with Incyte Corporation, for RA, psoriasi
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