Updates: Lilly's Global COVID-19 Response
Eli Lilly and Company | April 8, 2020
NOTE TO INDIANA RESIDENTS: Please visit info.lillycovid19testing.com to learn more about an available COVID-19 testing option for health care workers, first responders, workers in businesses deemed essential by the State of Indiana and people in the community showing symptoms who are vulnerable to severe complications of the virus. Learn more here.
Lilly continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact. As this is an evolving topic, Lilly will include relevant announcements and information here.
Health care providers, patients, caregivers and others can contact us with questions or concerns via additional options here.
Centers for Disease Control information can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Here’s what we’re doing at Lilly to make sure our employees and their families are safe, and to ensure people have access to Lilly medicines:
News Releases, Resources & Multimedia
Lilly COVID-19 Testing Website, with information about available options
Media Teleconference Regarding COVID-19 (March 18; audio only)
April 8, 2020
A collaborative of local stakeholders, including the Lilly Foundation, has established the Indianapolis E-Learning Fund with an initial investment of more than $2.6 million to support Indianapolis educators, students and families during the transition to e-learning in response to the recent COVID-19 public health emergency. Here's more information.
Also today, the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund made unrestricted grants totaling $4.55 million to 32 community organizations across several counties in Central Indiana. Combined with the first round of grants made in March, this Central Indiana relief fund has distributed more than $11.8 million to 74 organizations to date. Read the press release.
April 7, 2020
With stress on our economy due to the COVID-19 crisis, we know many people may struggle now more than ever to pay for their medicines. So today, Lilly announced anyone who has commercial insurance, or no insurance, can purchase their monthly prescription of Lilly insulin for $35 through the Lilly Insulin Value Program. Learn more about the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center.
April 1, 2020
Lilly is expanding drive-through testing for COVID-19 to two additional groups of higher-risk individuals,
workers in businesses deemed essential by the State of Indiana who have regular public contact as part of their job, and
people in our community showing symptoms who are vulnerable to severe complications of the virus.
Lilly will continue to offer testing to eligible health care workers and first responders, and will continue to support the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) through laboratory testing of samples obtained in hospitals. To read eligibility requirements and find out how to register for testing, view Lilly's COVID-19 Testing website.
Also announced today: As we help combat COVID-19 in our home state, we feel a special responsibility to bring our community together to practice proven and effective health strategies, as our business is rooted in science. We’re proud to join #INThisTogether, a new coalition to help Indiana flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. Visit INThisTogetherCampaign.com for social distancing tips and to get involved.
Separately, in industry news today, Merck, Pfizer and Lilly announced medical service volunteer programs to enable employees who are licensed medical professionals to aid in the fight against COVID-19 while maintaining their base pay. This new effort is one of the many ways that America’s biopharmaceutical companies are coming together to fight COVID-19. Learn more here.
March 30, 2020
Lilly CEO Dave Ricks writes, "Our country is facing an unprecedented challenge with COVID-19. Already, the lives of far too many Americans have been disrupted. And for people who use insulin to manage their diabetes, a sudden loss of income can make affordability a problem. No one should go without their insulin, and we have meaningful solutions to help people get the medicine they need." Read his full letter and see how the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center can help you.
March 26, 2020
As the global situation evolves, we will continue to take the steps necessary to safeguard the reliable supply of our medicines. Lilly has a global monitoring system that allows us to be in the best position to determine the necessary supply of medicines to meet our obligation to patients and health care providers in each country. For that reason, we will not honor requests to stockpile or hoard our medications, whether for profit or due to a sense of concern. Unnecessary stockpiling of medication can create unintended shortages and puts other patients’ health at risk. We will consider emergency requests on a case-by-case basis, and we have created a special rapid response unit for expedited consideration of these requests. Read our full statement.
Globally, Lilly has joined a cross-industry collaboration and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate the development, manufacturing and delivery of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19. This consortium of 17 life sciences companies will work collectively with national regulators and the World Health Organization to ensure promising studies are quickly scaled to help people around the world.
Also, 46 community organizations received immediate grants totaling $7.3 million from the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. A coalition of funders, including the Lilly Foundation, established the fund to support human services organizations in Central Indiana that serve people affected by the evolving crisis. Additional waves of funding are planned.
March 24, 2020
As announced on March 3, Lilly does not currently anticipate shortages for any of our medicines, including all forms of insulin. A large network of global external manufacturing partners helps us supply medication to nearly 125 countries. Since the initial outbreak, we have closely monitored our supply chain for potential impact and continue to do so. Our insulin manufacturing sites in the U.S. and Europe remain operational, with increased precautions in place to protect the supply and the welfare of our employees. Read more here.
U.S. pharmacies that temporarily don't have Lilly medicines in stock due to higher demand can order them from wholesalers, generally delivered in one to two days. Lilly has received a few reports of U.S. pharmacies stating that insulin orders are not being fulfilled due to "manufacturer backorder." Lilly has informed wholesalers and others in the supply chain that we do not have any products on backorder, including insulin. Patients should ask their pharmacist to secure an order from their wholesaler. Here's more information.
March 23, 2020
Lilly will expand drive-through testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 to Central Indiana first responders beginning March 24. (Note: This has since been expanded to additional groups of people.) The additional group eligible for testing includes first-line responders such as public safety, fire and ambulance public servants. View the COVID-19 testing site here. Testing of this group will be determined and directed by individual public safety agencies’ occupational health provider in conjunction with the Emergency Operations Center safety officer to ensure the criteria for testing is met. First-line responders should begin contacting their line management starting March 24 to receive further instructions.
Lilly also provided an update on the company's clinical trial activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will delay most new study starts and pause enrollment in most ongoing studies, while continuing ongoing clinical trials for patients already enrolled. Here's more information.
A Lilly colleague works the COVID-19 testing hotline for health care workers
March 22, 2020
Lilly announced that the company will offer drive-through testing for the virus that causes COVID-19 to Indianapolis-area health care workers. That begins the next day, March 23, as a service to the community and in an effort to protect health care providers working on the front lines during this epidemic. View the COVID-19 testing site here. Active health care workers are eligible, and must have a physician’s order requesting testing for COVID-19. There will be no charge for this service.
March 18, 2020
As announced today, Lilly scientists are partnering with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), with support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to accelerate testing in Indiana for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
We will use our specialized research laboratories to analyze samples taken in Indiana health care facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms. This should start to expand Indiana's ability to conduct testing and receive a timely diagnosis of individuals who suspect they may be carrying the virus. As Lilly's testing capacity expands, Lilly and ISDH will work together to maximize the impact of broader testing.
March 13, 2020
The Lilly Foundation contributed $500,000 to United Way of Central Indiana’s Community Economic Relief Fund. The fund will support human services organizations and the individuals and families they serve who are affected directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 virus. The Lilly Foundation is also providing a 2:1 match for Lilly employee and retiree contributions to the fund.
March 12, 2020
Lilly and AbCellera agreed to co-develop antibody products for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus. The collaboration will leverage AbCellera's rapid pandemic response platform and Lilly's global capabilities for rapid development, manufacturing and distribution of therapeutic antibodies.
March 9, 2020
Our Employees and Their Families
Our guiding principles are to protect the health and safety of our employees, and to protect our ability to make and supply medicines to patients.
To reduce the risk of virus transmission, we’re taking measures to maximize “social distancing” by asking employees at Lilly’s United States facilities to work from home if possible, and by restricting travel within the U.S.
We have a unique responsibility to ensure continuity in our manufacturing facilities and R&D labs. By minimizing staff in our offices, we are reducing risk of inadvertent transmission to workers who don’t have the option of continuing to do their important work from home.
February 3, 2020
Lilly China made a cash donation of one million yuan (approximately US$150,000) to the Red Cross, and the Lilly Foundation donated an additional $100,000 to Direct Relief, a U.S. non-profit organization. Direct Relief has made multiple airlift shipments of personal protective equipment and supplies into China. The Lilly Foundation also made a $150,000 donation to Project HOPE, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that, as shown below, is active in disaster response areas.