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