Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, commenting on the results said:
“Encouraging launches and strong performances from our newer generation of medicines made a significant contribution to Product Sales in the quarter, paving the way for our anticipated return to growth in 2018. The performance was in line with our expectations and guidance for the year is unchanged. We delivered strong results for Lynparza, Tagrisso and Imfinzi in Oncology, Brilinta and Farxiga in CVRM and a successful launch of Fasenra in Respiratory. Our China sales continued to surpass expectations and we expect that the effects of the Crestor patent expiries in Europe and Japan will recede materially in the second half.
AstraZeneca’s pipeline continued to bring significant benefits for patients, most recently with the expanded US approval of Tagrisso for lung cancer and Lynparza for breast cancer. With our transformation coming into sharper commercial focus as the year progresses, we are confident of delivering on our goals.”