Third-quarter sales of the Group's growth platforms grew by 10.4% or 11.1% excluding A/H1N1 vaccines sales. Including Genzyme, the Group's growth platforms accounted for 68.5% of total consolidated sales, which is up from 60.2% in the third quarter of 2010. In the first 9 months, the growth platforms and Genzyme comprised 64.5% of total consolidated sales compared with 56.4% over the same period of 2010. Year-to-date sales growth of growth platforms was 11.9% excluding A/H1N1 vaccines sales.
Pharmaceuticals net sales reached €6,940 million (up 10.0%) in the third quarter, which reflects the positive contribution (€768 million) from Genzyme (consolidated from April 1st, 2011) as well as generic competition to Lovenox®, Ambien® CR and Taxotere® in the U.S., Plavix® and Taxotere® in the EU and the impact of U.S. healthcare reform and EU austerity measures. Year-to-date 2011 net sales were €20,670 million, an increase of 5.5%.
Commenting on the Group's performance in Q3 2011, Sanofi Chief Executive Officer, Christopher A. Viehbacher said, "The return to growth in sales and earnings in the third quarter reflects an important milestone as the company progressively puts the patent cliff behind it. The integration of Genzyme is progressing well. Our growth platforms3 again achieved double digit growth and more than compensated for generic erosion. We continue to make strong progress in R&D with the submission of five new products and also in the tight control of our costs."
Sanofi, a global and diversified healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions focused on patients' needs. Sanofi has core strengths in the field of healthcare with seven growth platforms: diabetes solutions, human vaccines, innovative drugs, rare diseases, consumer healthcare, emerging markets and animal health. Sanofi is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).