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Simcere Pharmaceutical Group Announces Jiangsu Yanshen's Voluntary Suspension of Production

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 reported that its subsidiary Jiangsu Yanshen Biological Technology Stock Co., Ltd. ("Jiangsu Yanshen") has suspended production of all its products in order to conduct an internal inspection and improve its quality control systems.

After obtaining a controlling stake in Jiangsu Yanshen on October 24, 2009, Simcere discovered quality control problems relating to the production of Yanshen's human-use rabies vaccine (vero cell). On November 23, 2009, Simcere urged the board of Jiangsu Yanshen to replace its general manager and head of quality assurance and demanded the company implement a total suspension of production effective on November 30, 2009 in order to facilitate internal inspection and rectification of its quality control systems. Jiangsu Yanshen reported the suspension to the relevant regulatory authorities and is actively coordinating with them on the matter.

Mr. Jinsheng Ren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, commented: "The safety of our patients and customers has always been our priority and we have consistently worked to implement GMP management guidelines. The voluntary suspension of production at Jiangsu Yanshen as we implement an improved quality control system is consistent with our operating procedure for quality management."

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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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    In Nanjing:
     Frank Zhao
     Chief Financial Officer
     Simcere Pharmaceutical Group
     Tel: +86-25-8556-6666 ext 8818

    In Beijing:
     Ruirui Jiang
     Brunswick Group
     Tel: +86-10-6566-2256

   In the United States:
    Kate Tellier
    Brunswick Group
    Tel: +1-212-333-3810

   In Hong Kong:
    Joseph Lo Chi-Lun
    Brunswick Group
    Tel: +852-3512-5000

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