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 News Release - September 19, 2006

Dermik Laboratories Announces FDA Acceptance of Supplemental Filing Application for Sculptra(R)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Sept. 19 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Dermik Laboratories, the dermatology business of sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, announced today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing the company's supplemental premarket approval application (s-PMA) for Sculptra® (injectable poly-L-lactic acid) for facial cosmetic use.

More than 150,000 people in over 30 countries worldwide have been treated with Sculptra®, under the trade name NEW-FILL(TM). It was approved in Europe in 1999 to increase volume, particularly for the correction of skin depression, including skin creases, wrinkles, folds and scars.

About Sculptra®

Sculptra® is a synthetic, biocompatible, bioabsorbable material that is naturally broken down by the body over time. It was approved in the U.S. in 2004 for restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus. It should not be used in anyone who is allergic to any ingredient of Sculptra®. Sculptra® should not be injected if there is an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area. Side effects of Sculptra® may include the delayed appearance of small bumps under the skin in the treated area. Generally these bumps are not visible and may only be noticed when pressing on the treated area. Other side effects may include injection-related events at the site of injection, such as bleeding, tenderness or discomfort, redness, bruising or swelling.

About Dermik Laboratories

Dermik, the dermatology business of sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, has pioneered the development of new pharmaceutical products for skin and nails for nearly 60 years. With a strong commitment to dermatology, Dermik continues to expand its support of cutting-edge research, employing nearly 17,000 researchers in over 20 R&D centers on three continents.

About sanofi-aventis

The sanofi-aventis Group 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. The sanofi-aventis Group is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY )

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Sanofi-aventis Group subsidiaries in the United States include Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc., Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

Contact: Terri Pedone, 908 243-6578,

Source: sanofi-aventis

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