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Abbott Acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics Clears U.S. Antitrust Review
Date:2/6/2009

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) applicable to Abbott's cash tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) expired last night at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The expiration of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions necessary for the consummation of the tender offer. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at midnight Eastern time on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, unless the tender offer is extended. Consummation of the tender offer remains subject to other customary conditions, including European Commission merger control clearance and the tender of a majority of the outstanding shares of AMO's common stock on a fully diluted basis.

As previously announced, Abbott commenced the tender offer on Jan. 27, 2009, for all of the outstanding shares of AMO common stock for $22 per share in cash. The tender offer was made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated Jan. 27, 2009, and in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated Jan. 11, 2009, entered into by and among Abbott, Rainforest Acquisition Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Abbott, and AMO, which Abbott and AMO announced on Jan. 12, 2009.

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