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FINDINGS ON LIFE-SAVING NATURE OF ASPIRIN APPLAUDED BY STERLING WINTHROP, MAKER OF BAYER ASPIRIN IN THE UNITED STATES

 NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Winthrop Inc. today applauded the findings of a published report that aspirin can help prevent thousands of premature deaths each year.
 The report, published in the January issue of the British Medical Journal, concluded that long-term aspirin therapy should be considered for almost all people with suspected acute heart attack, stroke, angina, as well as any history of heart attack and arterial bypass surgery, among other conditions -- irrespective of age, sex, hypertension or diabetes.
 "Sterling Winthrop, through its Bayer(R) aspirin franchise, the leading brand of aspirin in the U.S., has been a leading force in communicating for more than five years the important benefits of aspirin use -- a widely available and low-cost therapy -- to help prevent second heart attack and stroke," said Louis P. Mattis, Chairman and CEO of Sterling Winthrop. "We are pleased that the study suggests that an even larger number of people might benefit from aspirin therapy as prescribed by their physician."
 The research published in the British Medical Journal represents the most comprehensive overview of randomized trials that have studied the role of aspirin and other anti-platelet agents. The findings of the report noted that long-term aspirin therapy can play a critical role in preventing disability and death due to heart disease, stroke and other vascular disorders.
 Bayer brand aspirin is manufactured and marketed by Sterling Health, the consumer health products division of Sterling Winthrop Inc., a developer, manufacturer and marketer of pharmaceuticals and consumer health products.
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 /CONTACT: Diane C. Iselin, 212-907-2341, or Christopher J. Kilbane, 212-907-3197, both of Sterling Winthrop/


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