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Aventis/Novartis update

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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No formal negotiations have taken place on price tag for France's number one pharmaceutical company, Aventis CEO Igor Landau says in an April 2 conference call. Landau said the firm has "close to two months" to accelerate price negotiations if Novartis maintains interest; Aventis will propose resolutions including a 2003 dividend to shareholders at a May 19 annual meeting. If the merger is successful, Novartis likely would spin off non-core pharmaceutical and consumer brands into a separate entity (1"The Tan Sheet" March 29, 2004, p. 5)...

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