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Recordati S.p.A. : THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION PROCESS FOR THE APPROVAL OF RECORDATI'S NEW ANTIHYPERTENSIVE PRODUCT COMPLETED IN 28 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Recordati S.p.A. : THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION PROCESS FOR THE APPROVAL OF RECORDATI'S NEW ANTIHYPERTENSIVE PRODUCT COMPLETED IN 28 E

MILAN, ITALY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/12/08 -- THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION PROCESS FOR THE APPROVAL OF RECORDATI'S NEW ANTIHYPERTENSIVE PRODUCT COMPLETED IN 28 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Milan, 12 March 2008 - Recordati announced the completion of the mutual recognition process for the approval throughout the European Union, in Norway and in Iceland, of its new antihypertensive specialty based on a fixed combination of lercanidipine and enalapril. Germany acted as Reference Member State and the 28 Concerned Member States decided to recognize the approval granted in 2006 by the German medicines agency (BfArM) of this new product in its two dosage forms containing lercanidipine 10mg/enalapril 10mg and lercanidipine 10mg/enalapril 20mg. The product is already on the market in Germany as from 2007.

Fixed combinations of more than one antihypertensive agent will play a significant and increasing role in the future hypertension market. Most hypertensive patients, especially those with other risk factors, require the administration of more than one drug to keep their blood pressure at desired levels. Fixed combinations as opposed to the administration of separate treatments provide advantages for both doctors and patients. The combined dosages of the drugs, which were proven to be efficacious and well tolerated in clinical trials, are precisely those broadly used by the physician. Furthermore, the reduction of the number of pills a patient must take, especially in the elderly, increases patient compliance which in turn increases the probability of obtaining the desired therapeutic effect.

"We are very pleased to be able to announce the positive outcome of the mutual recognition process for the approval of our new antihypertensive specialty throughout Europe" declared Giovanni Recordati, Chairman and CEO. "We will initiate launches in all these countries, in which lercanidipine has already obtained the physicians' appreciation, gradually as from the second half of the year. The extension of our therapeutic offering will allow us to consolidate our position in the antihypertensives market. The new product will be sold directly by our marketing organizations in most of the European pharmaceutical market."

Recordati, established in 1926, is a European pharmaceutical group, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (Reuters RECI.MI, Bloomberg REC IM, ISIN IT 0003828271), dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, with headquarters in Milan, Italy, operations in the main European countries, and a total staff of over 2,200. A European field force of over 1,100 medical representatives promotes a wide range of innovative pharmaceuticals, both proprietary and under license, in a number of therapeutic areas. 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 of new drug entities within the cardiovascular and urogenital therapeutic areas in which its research team has proven scientific competence and a track record of discovery and development of original drugs, the most recent of which, lercanidipine, a latest generation calcium channel blocker for the treatment of hypertension, is the company's leading product. Consolidated revenue for 2007 was EUR 628.4 million, operating income was EUR 131.5 million and net income was EUR 84.9 million.

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