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Schering-Plough CEO to Buy $2 Million in Common Shares
Date:1/18/2008

KENILWORTH, N.J., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Schering-Plough Corporation announced this morning that Chairman and CEO Fred Hassan intends to make an open market purchase of $2 million of Schering-Plough Common Shares with personal funds.

"As was the case in November 2003 when I purchased $4.68 million in Schering-Plough Common Shares at an average price of $15.42 (2003 press release below), this investment in Schering-Plough reflects my long-term confidence in the company, its products (including ZETIA and VYTORIN), and our late-stage pipeline," said Hassan. "The media interpretations of the top-line ENHANCE trial results, and the resulting stock price reaction, have been deeply troubling. I firmly believe in VYTORIN and ZETIA. Further, I believe this company is now a strong and diverse global competitor, with sound long- term fundamentals, that is capable of driving long-term growth. Our mission is 'To earn trust, every day,' and this personal stock purchase reflects my faith that, together, our 50,000 dedicated Schering-Plough employees can accomplish that mission."

Hassan had wanted to purchase the stock yesterday, when the stock closed at $21.62. However, it was determined that, under the federal securities laws, it would be better to defer the purchase until earnings for the fourth quarter and the full year 2007 are announced, scheduled for Feb. 12, 2008, and the full results of the ENHANCE trial are discussed in a scientific forum, anticipated for the American College of Cardiology meeting in late March. Hassan committed that the purchase will then be completed, whatever the stock price at that time. "I had already made a significant personal investment in Schering-Plough in 2003, and I believe that adding another $2 million to this personal investment is the right thing to do."

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