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Hitt og þetta 22. júlí 2007

Novartis completes its fourth share repurchase program

Basel, July 22, 2007 - Novartis has completed its fourth share repurchase program initiated on August 9, 2004, and during which 47,575,000 Novartis shares were repurchased for a total of CHF 3 billion. The average purchase price per share was CHF 63.05. A total of 25,400,000 shares repurchased in this program were cancelled following the Annual General Meetings in 2005 and 2006. The remaining 22,175,000 shares from this program will be cancelled following the approval of shareholders at the next Annual General Meeting in February 2008. Shares from this program correspond to 1.74% of the current Novartis share capital. # # # Novartis Media Relations John Gilardi Corinne Hoff Novartis Global Media Relations Novartis Global Media Relations +41 61 324 3018 (direct) +41 61 324 9577 (direct) +41 79 596 1408 (mobile) +41 79 248 5717 (mobile) john.gilardi@novartis.com corinne.hoff@novartis.com e-mail: media.relations@novartis.com Novartis Investor Relations International North America +41 61 324 79 44 Ronen Tamir +1 212 830 2433 Jill Pozarek +1 212 830 2445 Edwin Valeriano +1 212 830 2456 e-mail: investor.relations@novartis.com --- End of Message --- Novartis International AG Posfach Basel WKN: 904278; ISIN: CH0012005267; Index: SLCI, SMI, SPI, SLIFE; Listed: Main Market in SWX Swiss Exchange, ZLS in BX Berne eXchange;