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This excerpt taken from the GENT 6-K filed Dec 1, 2005.

Impairment of Long-lived Assets


Our long-lived assets consist primarily of product rights and property and equipment.  In accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets (“SFAS 144”), we evaluate our ability




to recover the carrying value of long-lived assets used in our business, considering changes in the business environment or other facts and circumstances that suggest their value may be impaired.


To assess impairment of property, manufacturing facility and equipment and amortizing intangible assets for purposes of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, we use the guidance outlined in SFAS 144.  If, based on the preceding discussion, our management has concluded that impairment indicators exist, we will initially review by assessing the undiscounted cash flows expected to be derived from the asset or group of assets, comparing the lowest level of total expected undiscounted cash flow to the carrying value.  If the carrying value of the asset or the group of assets exceeds the sum of the undiscounted cash flows, impairment is considered to exist.  An impairment charge is assessed by comparing the assets’ fair value to the carrying value.  Fair value can be calculated by a number of different approaches, including discounted cash flow, comparables, market valuations or quoted market prices.  The process and steps required to assess the possible impairments of assets, including the identification of possible impairment indicators, assessing undiscounted cash flows, selecting the appropriate discount rate, the calculation of the weighted average cost of capital and the discounts or premiums inherent in market prices requires a substantial amount of management discretion and judgment.  If actual results differ from these estimates, or if we adjust these estimates in future periods, operating results could be significantly affected.


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