Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results said:
“AstraZeneca’s revenues improved over the course of the year, a sign of how our company is steadily turning a corner. Strong commercial execution helped us bring our science to more patients, making the most of our exciting pipeline. We made encouraging progress across the main therapy areas and delivered strong growth in China.
Alongside our CVMD medicines Brilinta and Farxiga reaching blockbuster status, we launched our first Respiratory biologic medicine, Fasenra and new cancer medicines, Imfinzi and Calquence. As well as bringing five new medicines to patients last year, we continued to find more potential uses for existing treatments, including Lynparza and Tagrisso.
We remain committed to our progressive dividend policy. Our strategy is working, propelled by a strong pipeline, good sales performance and continued cost discipline.”