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The other side of the Lilly/Zyprexa story

What the New York Times left out: Lilly's side of the story (and second press release), essentially corresponding to what anyone reading between the lines of the Times' hit piece would conclude:

[T]he Times failed to mention that these leaked documents are a tiny fraction of the more than 11 million pages of documents provided by Lilly as part of the litigation process. They do not accurately portray Lilly's conduct. As part of Lilly's commitment to patients and healthcare professionals, many high-level Lilly physicians and researchers -- along with researchers from outside Lilly -- were engaged for a number of years to study the issue of Zyprexa and diabetes. Leaked documents involving these discussions do not represent an accurate view of company strategy.

And, finally, Lilly deplores the illegal release of select confidential documents. Our concern is that this illegal and selective disclosure of incomplete information will cause unwarranted concern among patients that may cause them to stop taking their medication without consulting a physician. This is the unfortunate result we saw when plaintiffs' lawyers aggressively advertised about Zyprexa in recent years while searching for clients.

Lilly also notes that the labeling does warn about weight-gain and the incidence of diabetes adverse events, and further argues that studies have not shown a causal link between the drug and diabetes. Earlier: Dec. 18.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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