Jerusalem, Israel, May 8, 2003 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq:
TEVA) announced today that the U. S. Food and Drug Administration has approved
the company's ANDA for Moexipril HCl Tablets, 7.5 mg and 15 mg. This approval
follows a March 24, 2003 summary judgment decision finding that Teva's product
does not infringe the patent asserted by Schwarz Pharma. As the first company to file
an ANDA with a Paragraph IV patent certification for Moexipril HCl Tablets, Teva
became eligible for 180 days marketing exclusivity for this product from the date of
the summary judgment. Shipment of this product will begin immediately.
Moexipril HCl Tablets are the AB-rated generic equivalent of the antihypertensive
agent Univasc ® Tablets. Annual sales of the brand product are approximately $70
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 35
pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies
in the world. Close to 90% of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe. The
company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human
pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.
Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on current expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause Teva's future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include Teva's ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competitive generic products, the impact of competition from brand-name companies that sell their own generic products or successfully extend the exclusivity period of their branded products, Teva's ability to rapidly integrate the operations of acquired businesses, the availability of product liability coverage in the current insurance market, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structure of various countries, acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products and new therapies, uncertainties regarding market acceptance of innovative products newly launched, currently being sold or in development, the impact of restructuring of clients, reliance on strategic alliances, exposure to product liability claims, dependence on patent and other protections for innovative products, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, operating results and other factors that are discussed in Teva's Annual Report on Form 20-F and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
Company Contacts:Dan Suesskind
Chief Financial Officer
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
President and CEO
Teva North America
Director, Investor Relations
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.