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Lilly discloses full list of drugs in Conn. theft

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 10:17am
The Associated Press

Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. said that thieves who broke into one of its warehouses over the weekend made off with drugs including the cancer treatments Alimta and Gemzar, and the blood thinner Effient.

On Monday, Lilly said a group of thieves stole $75 million in prescription drugs from a warehouse in Enfield, Conn. Lilly late Wednesday disclosed the full list of stolen drugs and their production lots. The Indianapolis company said it has stopped distribution of those lots to make it easier for the Food and Drug Administration and law enforcement to investigate the theft.

Lilly had previously said the stolen drugs included its anti-psychotic Zyprexa and antidepressants Cymbalta and Prozac. Zyprexa and Cymbalta are its two best-selling drugs.

Thirteen production lots of Zyprexa were affected, along with five lots each of Cymbalta and Gemzar, and four of the attention deficit hyperactivity drug Strattera, the company said. Other products affected include three lots of Prozac and one each of Alimta, Effient, and its bipolar depression drug Symbyax.

Some products from those lots were delivered to retailers before the break-in. Lilly said those products are not affected by its actions Tuesday.

In afternoon trading, its shares fell 6 cents to $36.16.

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