"We are pleased to have achieved another significant milestone for the pending acquisition with the EC's approval of the transaction," said Amy Schulman, senior vice president and general counsel of Pfizer.
In addition, Pfizer announced that China's Ministry of Commerce has extended its review of Pfizer's regulatory submission beyond the initial thirty-day period. The completion of the transaction remains subject to the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in the United States, governmental and regulatory approvals in certain other jurisdictions, and approval by the stockholders of Wyeth.
Ms. Schulman stated, "We continue to work cooperatively with the regulatory agencies to obtain the requisite approvals, and continue to expect the transaction to close at the end of the third quarter or during the fourth quarter of 2009."
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In connection with the pending acquisition of Wyeth, Pfizer has filed with the SEC, and the SEC has declared effective, a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Wyeth that also constitutes a prospectus of Pfizer. Wyeth has mailed the proxy statement/prospectus to its stockholders. Pfizer urges investors and security holders to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the pending acquisition because it contains important information. You may obtain copies of all documents filed with the SEC regarding this transaction, free of charge, at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Pfizer's website, www.pfizer.com, under the tab "Investors" and then under the tab "SEC Filings". You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, from Wyethâs website, www.wyeth.com, under the heading "Investor Relations" and then under the tab "Financial Reports/SEC Filings". Pfizer, Wyeth and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be soliciting proxies from Wyeth stockholders in favor of the pending acquisition. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the Wyeth stockholders in connection with the pending acquisition is set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus. You can find information about Pfizer's executive officers and directors in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 13, 2009. You can find information about Wyeth's executive officers and directors in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, as amended by Wyeth's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, filed with the SEC on February 27, 2009 and April 30, 2009, respectively, and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus for Wyeth's 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 17, 2009. The information contained in Pfizer's or Wyeth's websites is not incorporated by reference and does not constitute a part of this press release.