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Simcere Announces 105 Drugs Included in China's National Drug Reimbursement List

NANJING, China, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Simcere Pharmaceutical Group ("Simcere" or the "Company") (NYSE: SCR), a leading pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China, today announced that 105 of its drugs have been included in China's National Drug Reimbursement List ("NDRL"), which was issued by China's Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security on November 30, 2009.

Of the 105 drugs that have been included on the NDRL, the actively marketed drugs are Edaravone (Bicun and Yidasheng), Nedaplatin (Jiebaishu), Diclofenac (Yingtaiqing), Amoxicillin (Zailin), Biapenem (Anxin), Amoxicillin and Clavulanate (Anqi), Levamlodipine (Xinta), Alfacalcidol (Faneng), Smectite (Biqi), and Kechuanning. Simcere's newly acquired Rosuvastatin is one of the 105 drugs.

The updated NDRL consists of 2,151 drugs and is an important component of the healthcare reform plan in China. The Chinese government is aiming for healthcare coverage to reach at least 90 per cent of the population by the end of 2010.

Mr. Jinsheng Ren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, commented, "We are delighted to have 105 drugs included in China's National Drug Reimbursement List. Simcere will continue to maximise opportunities to translate this good news into increased product sales. We are confident that the inclusion of so many of our drugs on the NDRL will have a positive impact and that Simcere will benefit from China's ongoing healthcare reform over the mid-to-long term."

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About Simcere Pharmaceutical Group

Simcere Pharmaceutical Group (SCR, Simcere) is a leading pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of branded generic and proprietary pharmaceuticals in China. In recent years, Simcere has been focusing its strategy on the development of innovative pharmaceuticals and first-to-market generics, and has introduced an innovative anti-cancer medication Endu, a first-to-market medication Sinofuan, and first-to-market generics such as Bicun and Anxin. Simcere manufactures and sells antibiotics, anti-cancer medication stroke management medication and biopharmaceutical drugs such as vaccines. Simcere concentrates its research and development efforts on the treatment of diseases with high incidence and/or mortality rates and for which there is a clear demand for more effective pharmacotherapy such as cancer, strokes, orthopaedics and infectious diseases. For more information about Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, please visit .

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