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 News Release - December 8, 2006

Rimonabant Update in the United States

PARIS, Dec. 8 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- sanofi-aventis announces that concerning the New Drug Application for rimonabant in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has considered its October 26, 2006 resubmission to be a complete, class 2 response to the FDA February 17, 2006 action letter.

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About Rimonabant

Rimonabant is a first-in-class cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptor blocker discovered and developed by sanofi-aventis.

In Europe, rimonabant, known as ACOMPLIA® is approved as an adjunct to diet and exercise for the treatment of obese patients (BMI greater than or equal to 30kg/m2), or overweight patients (BMI>27kg/m2) with associated risk factors, such as type 2 diabetes or dyslipidaemia.

Rimonabant is currently commercialized in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Argentina and Austria.

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 ).

Forward Looking Statements

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