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New Data from Multiple Studies Show Galvus Delivers Consistent and,Robust Blood Sugar Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

* Significant blood sugar reductions seen across range of patient populations, including varied ethnic groups, the elderly, and those at high risk of developing diabetes

* Galvus lowers blood sugar when added to a sulfonylurea, reinforcing efficacy in combination with commonly used diabetes medicines

* Data confirm good tolerability in humans with studies showing incidence of side effects similar to placebo in monotherapy trials

* European regulatory decision anticipated by end 2007; discussions continue on steps to gain US approval

BASEL, Switzerland, June 25, 2007 - Galvus® (vildagliptin), a new once-daily oral treatment for type 2 diabetes submitted for approval in the US and Europe, has been shown in new clinical data to deliver consistent and robust blood sugar reductions in patients with this progressive disease estimated to affect about 246 million people worldwide[1].

The findings, presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), are consistent with earlier results demonstrating the efficacy and tolerability of Galvus both as a monotherapy and when added to many commonly used diabetes medicines in a range of patients across the type 2 diabetes disease spectrum[2],[3],[4]. These include varied ethnic groups[3] and the elderly[4] as well as patients with impaired glucose tolerance at high risk of developing diabetes[5] and those with uncontrolled blood sugar levels[6].

"These results further reinforce the clinical benefits of Galvus as an important new treatment option for patients with type 2 diabetes," said James Shannon, MD, Global Head of Development at Novartis Pharma AG. "We remain convinced that Galvus is safe and effective and will continue to work with health authorities to ensure this medicine can be made available to patients worldwide as soon as possible."

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