Re­struc­tur­ing the pipeline, Eli Lil­ly says a baric­i­tinib come­back in rheuma­toid arthri­tis could take years

Eli Lil­ly was sup­posed to mark this year with the launch of a new block­buster med­i­cine for rheuma­toid arthri­tis — wag­ing a com­mer­cial war with some high-pro­file ri­vals. In­stead, it is now fac­ing a years-long de­lay in or­der to mount a new study aimed at re­solv­ing the FDA’s safe­ty fears for baric­i­tinib. And its ri­vals are gain­ing a big head start in a ma­jor mar­ket.

In the mean­time, Lil­ly’s Q2 re­port in­cludes the news that the phar­ma gi­ant is re­or­ga­niz­ing its pipeline, pri­or­i­tiz­ing 10 drugs in the on­col­o­gy port­fo­lio while plan­ning to out­li­cense the rest of the slate.

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