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Court issues restraining order against Eli Lilly

Thu, 05/26/2011 - 5:17am
The Associated Press

Amylin Pharmaceuticals says a federal court issued an injunction preventing drug development partner Eli Lilly from using the same sales force to sell an Amylin-developed diabetes treatment and a competitor's.

Amylin says the temporary restraining order prevents Lilly from continuing with a plan to sell both Byetta and Boehringer Ingelheim's linagliptin. Amylin and Lilly entered an agreement in 2002 to develop and sell Byetta, a type 2 diabetes treatment.

Lilly also entered a development agreement with Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim in January. Earlier this month, regulators approved linagliptin, which also treats type 2 diabetes. Amylin then filed a lawsuit against Lilly over that arrangement.

Lilly says it is disappointed in the court's decision but will take the necessary steps to comply with the order.

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