Teva Announces Launch of Generic Pristiq® in the United States

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 1, 2017-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the launch of generic Pristiq®1 (desvenlafaxine) extended-release tablets, 25, 50 and 100 mg, in the U.S.

Desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets are a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder.

Desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets further enhance Teva’s portfolio of antidepressant products. With nearly 600 generic medicines available, Teva has the largest portfolio of FDA-approved generic products on the market and holds the leading position in first-to-file opportunities, with over 100 pending first-to-files in the U.S. Currently, one in six generic prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. is filled with a Teva generic product.

Pristiq® had annual sales of approximately $883 million in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December 2016.

About Desvenlafaxine Extended-Release Tablets

Desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets, a SNRI, are indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). The efficacy of desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets has been established in four short-term (8-week, placebo-controlled studies) and two maintenance studies in adult outpatients who met DSM-IV criteria for MDD.

Important Safety Information

WARNING: SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS: Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies. Desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets are not approved for use in pediatric patients.

Desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets are contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to desvenlafaxine succinate, venlafaxine hydrochloride or to any excipients in the desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets formulation. Angioedema has been reported in patients treated with desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets. The use of MAOIs intended to treat psychiatric disorders with desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets or within 7 days of stopping treatment with desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets is contraindicated because of an increased risk of serotonin syndrome. The use of desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets within 14 days of stopping an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders is also contraindicated. Starting desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets in a patient who is being treated with MAOIs such as linezolid or intravenous methylene blue is also contraindicated because of an increased risk of serotonin syndrome.

The development of a potentially life-threatening serotonin syndrome has been reported with SNRIs and SSRIs, including desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets, alone but particularly with concomitant use of other serotonergic drugs, and with drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin, in particular MAOIs (see contraindications above). Other serious adverse reactions reported with use of desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets or the parent drug, venlafaxine include elevated blood pressure, abnormal bleeding, angle closure glaucoma, activation of mania/hypomania, discontinuation syndrome, seizure, hyponatremia, and interstitial lung disease and eosinophilic pneumonia.

The most commonly observed adverse reactions in desvenlafaxine extended-release tablets treated MDD patients in clinical studies (incidence greater than or equal to 5% and at least twice the rate of placebo in the 50 or 100 mg dose groups) were nausea, dizziness, insomnia, hyperhidrosis, constipation, somnolence, decreased appetite, anxiety, and specific male sexual function disorders.

For more information, please see accompanying Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning.

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by approximately 200 million patients in 100 markets every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,800 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has the world-leading innovative treatment for multiple sclerosis as well as late-stage development programs for other disorders of the central nervous system, including movement disorders, migraine, pain and neurodegenerative conditions, as well as a broad portfolio of respiratory products. Teva is leveraging its generics and specialty capabilities in order to seek new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2016 were $21.9 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.

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1 Pristiq® is a registered trademark of Pfizer, Inc.

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