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Sanofi-Aventis (France) (SASY.PA) Received From The FDA An Approvable Letter For Rimonabant For Weight Management And A Non Approvable Letter For Smoking Cessation; Sanofi Shares Fall


2/17/2006 6:18:30 PM

PARIS, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sanofi-aventis announced today that it has received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products an approvable letter for rimonabant for weight management, and from the Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Rheumathology Products a non approvable letter for smoking cessation.

Sanofi-aventis will continue to work in close collaboration with the FDA.

Rimonabant is the first in a new class of therapeutic agents called CB(1) blockers.

About sanofi-aventis

Sanofi-aventis is the world's third largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY - News).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements include financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the words "expect," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "plans" and similar expressions. Although sanofi-aventis' management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of sanofi-aventis, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in the public filings with the SEC and the AMF made by sanofi-aventis, including those listed under "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in sanofi-aventis' annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2004. Other than as required by applicable law, sanofi-aventis does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

CONTACT INFO:

Lisa Kennedy 908-243-6361 lisa.a.kennedy@sanofi-aventis.com Julissa Viana 908-243-1232 julissa.viana@sanofi-aventis.com

Source: sanofi-aventis



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