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BREAST CANCER CLINICAL TRIALS OPEN IN PHILADELPHIA AREA; INFORMATION AVAILABLE VIA TOLL-FREE NUMBER

 COLLEGEVILLE, Pa., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (NYSE: RPR) announced today the opening of a new breast cancer clinical trial in the Philadelphia area for the investigational anticancer drug, Taxotere(R).
 Access to information on the RPR sponsored clinical trial is available to physicians and patients by calling 1-800-RX-TRIAL, a toll- free hotline.
 Callers will be greeted by clinical specialists who pre-screen and direct calls to the appropriate contact at the trial site. In addition, the 1-800-RX-TRIAL number can also inform callers about clinical trials conducted at sites through-out the country for other types of cancer.
 "Clinical trials are the only means of demonstrating the safety and efficacy of a new compound," said Terry Plasse, M.D., director of Oncology at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer. "We hope the toll-free number will help identify patients and physicians who can benefit from learning about entry criteria and trial site location. Together, we can aid in the fight against cancer by increasing the speed with which a new drug comes to market."
 While the Philadelphia area clinical trial is for breast cancer only, Taxotere(R) is currently being tested in the following cancer types around the country: breast, ovarian, adult acute leukemia, pediatric tumors, melanoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and cancers of the stomach, prostate, pancreas, bladder, cervix and head and neck.
 Taxotere(R) belongs to a unique class of anti-cancer agents called taxoids. Taxoids have been found to inhibit cancer cell division by acting on the cell's internal skeleton, which is made up of elements called microtubules. Microtubules assemble and disassemble during the cell cycle, but Taxotere(R) blocks the disassembly, thus preventing cancer cells from dividing.
 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer is a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of human pharmaceuticals. The company reported sales of $4.1 billion and invested over $500 million in research and development in 1992.
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