Sanofi-Aventis Intends to Contest in Court the Decision to Classify Acomplia Among Non-reimbursable Drugs in Germany

PARIS, January 12, 2007 - The German Ministry of Health has ratified the recommendation of the German Federal Joint Committee (“Geme insamer Bundesausschuss” – “G-BA”) to classify Acomplia® (rimonabant) among non reimbursable drugs, or “comfort” drugs (Section 34 of the Social Code Volume V).

The decision has been published in the Official Journal of the Government (Bundesanzeiger). Sanofi-aventis considers the proposed reimbursement classification of Acomplia® as unjustified given the profile of the drug.

Sanofi-aventis intends to contest in court the classification of Acomplia® under Section 34.

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system, internal medicine, and vaccines. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).

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Posted: January 2007


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