Lilly to acquire animal health company

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly  is getting even bigger. About 1 a.m. Tuesday morning the company announced it is buying Novartis Animal Health for $5.4 billion dollars.

The animal health company makes medicines for animals including heart worm and flea control for cats and dogs. Novartis will become a part of Elanco which is the animal health division of Lilly.

According to Lilly the  deal will create the second largest animal health company in the world.

Eli Lilly has 38,000 employees world-wide.  More than 10,000 of those are in Indianapolis.

“Animal health continues to represent an attractive growth opportunity for Lilly,” Lilly’s chairman, president and CEO John C. Lechleiter said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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