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Sanofi-Aventis and Merck & Co. to Create Global Leader in Animal Health

11:13 AM MST | March 11, 2010 | Natasha Alperowicz

Sanofi-Aventis (Paris) and Merck & Co., have announced that Sanofi-Aventis has exercised its option to combine its Merial unit with Intervet/Schering-Plough (Boxmeer, the Netherlands), Merck's animal health business, to create a global leader in animal health. The new joint venture will be equally owned by Merck and Sanofi-Aventis. Its formation is subject to execution of final agreements, antitrust review in the U.S., Europe and other countries as well as closing conditions. Completion of the transaction is expected in the next 12 months, the companies say...

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