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Sanofi-Aventis is the world’s fifth-largest pharmaceutical company, located in Paris, France. The name was reduced to Sanofi in May 2011, after multiple mergers such as the Sanofi-Synthélabo and Aventis merger in 2004. The purpose for shortening the name was to make it easier for individuals to pronounce it in countries such as China. Some of the company’s most popular products include the epinephrine autoinjector (Auvi-Q), clopidogrel (Plavix), enoxaparin (Lovenox), cefotaxime (Claforan), glimepiride (Amaryl), human insulin (Insuman), insulin glulisine (Apidra), valproic acid (Depakine), zolpidem (Ambien), docetaxel (Taxotere), codeine (Solpadol), and fexofenadine (Allegra), as well as a variety of well-known over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Sanofi is the world’s largest vaccine producer, offering vaccines for cholera, diphtheria, and haemophilus influenza type-b infections, as well as pertussis, meningococcus, and typhoid ...

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