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    Second-line therapy

    Treatment administered after the failure of an initial treatment. This is to be contrasted with first-line therapy. Each of these treatments may or may not be based on drugs.

    Stem Cells

    Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are capable of self-renewal, of differentiation into other cell types, and of proliferating in a culture medium. Stem cells are derived from embryos, foetuses or adult tissue. Murine embryonic stem cells are derived from mouse embryos. Human somatic stem cells are derived from the human body.


    Endovascular prosthesis (in the form of a "small spring") implanted in a coronary artery during angioplasty.

    The insertion of stents completes the local endovascular treatment of atherosclerotic lesions. It has made it possible to reduce the prognosis of these patients considerably by reducing the incidence of restenoses.

    One of the factors limiting the use of stents was the high rate of local thromboses after their insertion: thanks to the use of Ticlid® combined with aspirin, there is now a very low incidence of these complications.

    Stilnox® / Ambien® / Myslee®

    Stilnox® (zolpidem) is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic indicated for short-term treatment of insomnia.

    Sustainable Development - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    According to the official definition of the United Nations Conference on Environment & Development, sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. To support the sustainable development agenda, companies are required to publish social and environmental data. Every year, Sanofi publishes a separate report about its commitments in the field of sustainable development.

    Sustained release form

    Dosage form of a drug making it possible to reduce the number of daily doses by modifying the conditions of digestive absorption.


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