-- Positive opinion could lead to first 200 units/ml rapid-acting insulin in Europe for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
INDIANAPOLIS, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), a division of the European Medicines Agency, has recommended approval of insulin lispro 200 units/ml (proposed trade name: Humalog® 200 units/ml KwikPen®) for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults.
Humalog 200 units/ml KwikPen is a pre-filled pen which, if approved, will deliver the same amount of insulin with half the volume per injection as the currently marketed Humalog® (insulin lispro 100 units/ml) KwikPen. The device holds 600 units of insulin – twice as many as Humalog (insulin lispro 100 units/ml) KwikPen – in the same 3 ml pen size. Humalog 200 units/ml KwikPen is intended for people with diabetes who take more than 20 units of rapid-acting insulin per day.
"Diabetes is a progressive disease, often requiring increased doses of insulin over time to control a patient's blood sugar levels," said David Kendall, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, Lilly Diabetes. "Humalog 200 units/ml KwikPen is the first and only 200 units/ml mealtime insulin and represents an important advancement in the treatment of diabetes."
A pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics study comparing insulin lispro U-200 to Humalog U-100 met the criteria established for bioequivalency, providing support for the same efficacy and safety profile as Humalog U-100. Additionally, there were no adverse events related to study drug observed in the study.
The European Commission typically follows the committee's recommendation and is expected to make its final decision in approximately two months.
An estimated 382 million people worldwide have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the body either does not properly produce, or use, the hormone insulin. 
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This press release contains forward-looking statements about Humalog 200 units/ml KwikPen for use in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It reflects Lilly's current beliefs; however, as with any such undertaking, there are substantial risks and uncertainties in the process of drug development and commercialization. There is no guarantee that future study results and patient experience will be consistent with study findings to date or that Humalog 200 units/ml KwikPen will be commercially successful. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please see Lilly's latest Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Lilly undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements.
 International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes Atlas, 6th Edition: Fact Sheet. 2013.
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