Who and what is Aventis?
Based in Lyon, France, Aventis Pasteur is owned by Aventis SA. Aventis corporate headquarters are located in Strasbourg, France. Aventis employs around 95,000 people in more than 120 countries and recorded sales in 1999 of 20.5 billion euros. Aventis was launched in December 1999 through the merger of Hoechst AG of Germany and Rhtne-Poulenc SA of France. Aventis – Killer Arthritis Drug “Arava” Kills 5 Japanese Franco-German pharmaceutical company Aventis SA said Tuesday five Japanese died after taking its arthritis drug (generically known as leflunomide) and said it has warned doctors against prescribing it to patients with respiratory problems. It has not been confirmed whether the drug, Arava, caused the deaths, but doctors in two cases believe the medication may have been responsible, said Yota Kikuchi, a spokesman at the company’s Tokyo-based subsidiary, Aventis Pharma Japan. Sixteen people developed interstitial pneumonia, a debilitating lung condition, after taking Arava. Five of