Abbott and AstraZeneca End License Agreement for the Development of CERTRIAD™

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) announced today that Abbott and AstraZeneca will discontinue their joint collaboration for the development of CERTRIAD™ (rosuvastatin / fenofibric acid delayed release) Capsules.  The companies reached this decision after careful consideration of the Complete Response Letter received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the resulting regulatory delay and the commercial attractiveness of the product in the U.S. market.

There will be no financial impact to Abbott's ongoing earnings per share in 2010 or 2011 resulting from this action.

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