Eli Lilly withdrawals drug used to treat sepsis
Eli Lilly and Company announces the withdrawal of its Xigris product in all markets following results of the prowess-shock study, which showed the study did not meet the primary endpoint of a statistically significant reduction in 28-day all-cause mortality in patients with septic shock. The company is working with regulatory agencies on this withdrawal, and is in the process of notifying health care professionals and clinical trial investigators.

"While there were no new safety findings, the study failed to demonstrate that Xigris improved patient survival and thus calls into question the benefit-risk profile of Xigris and its continued use," said Timothy Garnett, M.D., Lilly's Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "Patients currently receiving treatment with Xigris should have treatment discontinued, and Xigris treatment should not be initiated for new patients."

"We believe the original Xigris approval was appropriate and these recent results were quite unexpected," Garnett added. "A contributing factor to these study results could be advances in the standard of care for treating severe sepsis over the past 10 years."

Xigris was approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001, and was licensed in the European Union in 2002. The prowess-shock study was initiated in March of 2008 as a condition for continued market authorization in Europe. Lilly committed to conduct a new placebo-controlled clinical trial to help refine appropriate patient identification for treatment with Xigris and to confirm the benefit-risk profile of the product.
BioCritica, Inc. has sales and marketing rights for Xigris in the United States and Puerto Rico, and Lilly sells and markets Xigris in other countries.

Patients, physicians, pharmacists, or other healthcare professionals with additional questions about Xigris should contact The Lilly Answer Center at 1-800-LillyRx or visit www.Lilly.com.

About Severe Sepsis

Sepsis is a common and deadly disease. Severe sepsis can develop as a complication after common illnesses such as pneumonia and bacterial infections, and is characterized by an overwhelming systemic response to infection which can rapidly lead to organ failure and ultimately death.