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Jeudi 16 Avr 2009 à 11:01

Milan, le15 avril 2009 - Recordati annonce que sa filiale Bouchara Recordati a lancé Zanextra® (lercanidipine + énalapril), son nouveau traitement antihypertenseur, en France, le plus grand marché pour la lercanidipine au monde. Ce nouveau produit est déjà disponible dans les pays suivants : Allemagne, Australie, Irlande, Finlande, Danemark, Grèce, Afrique du Sud et Pays-Bas.

Les combinaisons fixes de plus d'un agent antihypertenseur joueront un rôle significatif et croissant dans le futur marché de l'hypertension. Les nouvelles directives internationales pour le traitement de l'hypertension (directive du comité des médicaments à usage humain (CHMP) relative à la recherche clinique sur les produits médicinaux dans le traitement de l'hypertension ; 22 janvier 2009) établissent de nouvelles cibles pour la régulation de la pression artérielle afin de minimiser le risque d'événement cardiovasculaire majeur. Most hypertensive patients, especially those with other associated risk factors, require multiple therapies using more than one drug to keep their blood pressure at desired levels. Large clinical outcome trials show that cardiovascular events are drastically reduced by using modern antihypertensive drug combinations (such as those belonging to the calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor classes) as opposed to using older treatments. These findings confirm the usefulness of our new treatment which combines a last generation calcium channel blocker, lercanidipine, with a widely prescribed ACE inhibitor. The efficacy and tolerability of the combined dosages of the drugs have been clinically proven. The advantages of fixed combinations, as opposed to the administration of separate treatments, are significant. The administration of a single pill, in patients who often take a number of different medicines every day, increases compliance, an extremely important factor in chronic treatments aimed at reducing and preventing cardiovascular risk. Furthermore, the cost of therapy is lower, an important point for the containment of pharmaceutical expenditure.

"The launch of Zanextra® in France, the largest market for lercanidipine, is an important event for the growth of our group" stated Giovanni Recordati, Chairman and CEO. "We are confident that the excellent therapeutic characteristics of this new specialty and the quality of our French medical representatives, which has been recognized by doctors in France, will ensure the success of Zanextra®."

Recordati, established in 1926, is a European pharmaceutical group, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM, isin IT 0003828271),with a total staff of over 2,900, dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. It has headquarters in Milan, Italy, operations in the main European countries, and a growing presence in the new markets of Central and Eastern Europe. A European field force of over 1,400 medical representatives promotes a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas including a specialized business dedicated to treatments for rare diseases. Recordati's current and growing coverage of the European pharmaceutical market makes it a partner of choice for new product licenses from companies which do not have European marketing organizations. Recordati is committed to the research and development of new drug entities within the cardiovascular and urogenital therapeutic areas and of treatments for rare diseases. Consolidated revenue for 2008 was E 689.6 million, operating income was E 144.7 million and net income was E 100.4 million.

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Statements contained in this release, other than historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These statements are based on currently available information, on current best estimates, and on assumptions believed to be reasonable. This information, these estimates and assumptions may prove to be incomplete or erroneous, and involve numerous risks and uncertainties, beyond the Company's control. Hence, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All mentions and descriptions of Recordati products are intended solely as information on the general nature of the company's activities and are not intended to indicate the advisability of administering any product in any particular instance.

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