v2.4.0.8
Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2014
Jul. 21, 2014
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2014  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2014  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Entity Registrant Name Lilly Eli & Co  
Entity Central Index Key 0000059478  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes  
Entity Voluntary Filers No  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   1,117,308,330