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Sanofi Names Regenauer Global OTC Head, Underscores Consumer Focus

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Sanofi-Aventis further highlights its consumer health focus by naming Hans Regenauer to head its global OTC business as the firm works to close its acquisition of OTC and personal care firm Chattem

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Sanofi-Aventis completes its purchase of Chattanooga, Tenn-based Chattem, giving the French firm a strong base for its growth in the U.S. consumer health care market, which represents 25 percent of the worldwide opportunity. Sanofi said March 11 that effective at the close of business on March 10, Chattem's common stock ceased trading on NASDAQ. The deal provides new channels for Sanofi to maximize the potential of switching prescription drugs to OTC products, beginning with its Rx antihistamine Allegra (1"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 4, 2010). Chattem's former CEO Zed Guerry will lead the U.S. consumer health care business for Sanofi, reporting to Greg Irace, president and CEO of Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Soon after agreeing to acquire Chattem, Sanofi underscored its expanding consumer product focus by naming Hans Regenauer to head its global OTC business (2"The Tan Sheet" Jan. 11, 2010)

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Sanofi-Aventis will need to build an infrastructure geared to Rx-to-OTC switch in order to make a successful U.S. consumer business out of its planned acquisition of Chattem and become established as a switch player

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