The Indianapolis-based company warned of slower sales growth due
generic competition for its cancer drug Gemzar.
Lilly says it expects earnings of $4 to $4.25 per share in 2009,
below analysts' average estimate of $4.26 per share.
Lilly says 2009 revenue will grow in the low single digits, as
the stronger dollar's negative effect on overseas revenue will
cancel out some sales gains.
The company also says Gemzar will face generic competition in
some markets, though the U.S. patents on the drug aren't scheduled
to expire until 2013.
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