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WARNER-LAMBERT, RHONE-POULENC RORER AGREE TO CO-DEVELOP AND CO-PROMOTE ADVANCED QUINOLONE ANTIBACTERIAL IN U.S. AND CANADA

 WARNER-LAMBERT, RHONE-POULENC RORER AGREE TO CO-DEVELOP AND
 CO-PROMOTE ADVANCED QUINOLONE ANTIBACTERIAL IN U.S. AND CANADA
 MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner-Lambert Company (NYSE: WLA) and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc. (NYSE: RPR) today announced an agreement that will allow Rhone-Poulenc Rorer to co-develop and co- promote the advanced quinolone antibacterial sparfloxacin in the United States and Canada.
 Sparfloxacin will soon enter Phase III clinical trials in the U.S. as a treatment for community acquired infections. The compound's investigational indications are community acquired pneumonia, acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, complicated urinary tract infection and infections of the skin and skin structure. Warner-Lambert licensed the compound from Dainippon Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, in 1989.
 Under the agreement, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer will co-develop sparfloxacin in the U.S. and Canada in exchange for the rights to co-promote the drug in those countries. Rhone-Poulenc Rorer has a joint venture agreement with Dainippon to develop and market sparfloxacin in Europe, and has development and marketing rights in several other countries. Data obtained in the European trials will be used to support the New Drug Application (NDA) in the U.S.
 "We're pleased this partnership has taken shape because it makes maximum use of our resources and has the potential to speed access to the compound," said Warner-Lambert's Joseph E. Smith, executive vice president and president, Pharmaceutical Sector.
 "This agreement has several benefits," said Randy Thurman, executive vice president, RPR, and president, RPR Pharmaceuticals Inc. "It will expand access to sparfloxacin beyond Europe to North America and thereby enable us to maximize the value of this important product. It also will build RPR's portfolio of anti-infectives in the North American market."
 Warner-Lambert will continue to study sparfloxacin in the U.S. for the treatment of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in patients with AIDS. MAC is the most common bacterial infection in AIDS patients.
 Rhone-Poulenc Rorer is a global pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of human pharmaceuticals. The company had sales of $3.8 billion in 1991 and plans to invest approximately $500 million in research and development in 1992.
 Warner-Lambert is a worldwide company devoted to developing, manufacturing and marketing quality health care and consumer products. The company had sales of $5.1 billion in 1991 and plans to invest about $460 million in research and development in 1992.
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