Eli Lilly exec expects obesity pill data in April 2025

FILE PHOTO: Eli Lilly logo is shown on one of their offices in San Diego

(Reuters) - Data from Eli Lilly's late stage trial on experimental obesity pill orforglipron is expected in April 2025, a top Eli Lilly executive said on Monday.

The pill is part of a class of drugs known as incretins designed to mimic the action of the GLP-1 hormone, which helps regulate blood sugar, slow the rate at which the stomach empties of food and decrease appetite.

Drugs from the class are also being tested to treat Alzheimer's. Patrik Jonsson, President of Lilly Diabetes and Obesity, speaking at a Goldman Sachs healthcare conference, said his company is not convinced that the drug will help with the disease itself, but might help with underlying conditions like obesity and stroke that lead to cognitive decline.

(Reporting by Michael Erman; Editing by Sandra Maler)