Paris, France, May 9, 2006 - Sanofi-aventis announced today that PLAVIX® (clopidogrel) has been launched in Japan.
PLAVIX® has been approved in Japan for the reduction of recurrence in patients after ischemic cerebrovascular disorder (excluding cardiogenic cerebro-embolism).
Since September 2005, all commercial rights for PLAVIX® in Japan belong to sanofi-aventis.
Sanofi-aventis and Daiichi Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. will collaborate in the areas of manufacturing and co-promotion for PLAVIX® in Japan. The co-promotion will be ensured by more than a thousand medical representatives, focusing mainly on specialists in cerebrovascular disease.
Cerebrovascular disease is one of the 3 major causes of death in Japan1. PLAVIX® is expected to greatly contribute to the treatment of the estimated two million patients who suffer from the disease in Japan.
Clinical trials are also currently being conducted in Japan to extend its use to patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
Plavix® is an antiplatelet agent which prevents platelets from aggregating and forming clots in the arteries. Worldwide, Plavix® is indicated for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in a broad range of patients including those who have previously suffered a heart attack or a stroke, and those with established peripheral arterial disease.
Plavix® was discovered and developed by sanofi-aventis, and was originally marketed in the United States in 1998, and European countries in 1999. Currently, it is marketed in
85 countries. Plavix® has been used in treatment of over 50 million patients with atherothrombosis, and has been rigorously tested in many clinical trials involving over 100,000 patients.
Sanofi-aventis is the worlds third largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a world-class R&D organisation, 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).
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1. The 3 main causes of death in Japan: Cancer (253.9), cardiovascular disease (126.5), cerebro-vascular disease (102.3). The numbers in the brackets are the mortality rate from a population of 100,000 people. (Reference; Ministry of Welfare and Health, Statistical Study of the Population, 2004)
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