26 July 2018 07:00 BST
Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results said:
“The performance in the first half demonstrated that we remain firmly on track to return our company to Product Sales growth in 2018. Our new medicines performed strongly and have established themselves as major drivers of Product Sales, including Lynparza, Tagrisso and Imfinzi in Oncology, Brilinta and Farxiga in CVRM and Fasenra in Respiratory. Emerging Markets, led by China, delivered double-digit growth.
The pipeline also continued to deliver: in Oncology, strong results were achieved by Lynparza in first-line ovarian cancer and Imfinzi showed an overall-survival benefit for patients in earlier-stage lung cancer, while a number of approvals were granted, including for Lokelma in hyperkalaemia. AstraZeneca’s rich pipeline and sharp commercial focus make us confident that we have in place the right conditions for our return to growth this year.”