FLINT, Mich. – April 5, 2016 – The nation’s largest independent specialty pharmacy has been selected to Lilly’s distribution network for adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis drug TALTZ® (ixekizumab).

Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) announced today that it has been selected to the Eli Lilly and Company limited-distribution panel to distribute TALTZ® (ixekizumab). TALTZ® was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.

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Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, causing patches of redness and irritation. The condition occurs more often in patients with a family history of the disease, with symptoms typically starting between the ages of 15 and 35. The most common form is plaque psoriasis; patients with this form develop raised, red patches of skin covered with a silvery-white layer of dead skin cells.

“Psoriasis is a serious chronic disease that can have debilitating symptoms,” said Gary Kadlec, Diplomat president. “TALTZ® enables patients an important treatment option.”

TALTZ® is indicated for the treatment of of moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adult patients who are candidates for systematic therapy or phototherapy. TALTZ® is a humanized IgG4 monoclonal antibody that selectively binds with the interleukin 17A (IL-17A) cytokine and inhibits its interaction with the IL-17 receptor.

TALTZ® is manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company. Please see full prescribing information for TALTZ® here.


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Kali Lucas, Public Relations Coordinator
810.768.9580 | press@diplomat.is

Gary Rice, RPh, MS, MBA, CSP,
Senior Vice President, Clinical Services,
Education and Human Resources
810.768.9863 | grice@diplomat.is