Teva Expands Hypertension Line with Launch of Generic Exforge® Tablets in the United States
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) announces the launch of the generic equivalent to Exforge® (amlodipine and valsartan) Tablets in four different strengths, in the United States.
Exforge® (amlodipine and valsartan) Tablets are used in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension), a chronic condition often without symptoms that is linked to serious health issues such as heart disease and stroke, if not detected early and treated appropriately. With the launch of Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets, Teva can offer those prescribed Exforge® a generic alternative to help manage their high blood pressure.
Exforge® (amlodipine and valsartan) Tablets had annual sales of approximately $409 million in the United States, according to IMS data as of January 2015.
About Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets
Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets are indicated for the treatment of hypertension, to lower blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, primarily strokes and myocardial infarctions. Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets may be used in patients whose blood pressure is not adequately controlled on either monotherapy. Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets may also be used as initial therapy in patients who are likely to need multiple drugs to achieve their blood pressure goals.
Important Safety Information
Fetal Toxicity: When pregnancy is detected, discontinue amlodipine and valsartan tablets as soon as possible. Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus.
Do not use Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets in patients with known hypersensitivity to any component. Do not co-administer aliskiren with Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets in patients with diabetes.
Excessive hypotension was seen in 0.4% of patients with uncomplicated hypertension treated with Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets in placebo-controlled studies. Volume depletion should be corrected prior to administration of Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets. Treatment with Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets should start under close medical supervision.
Worsening angina and acute myocardial infarction can develop after starting or increasing the dose of amlodipine, particularly in patients with severe obstructive coronary artery disease.
Changes in renal function including acute renal failure can be caused by drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin system and by diuretics. Patients whose renal function may depend in part on the activity of the renin-angiotensin system may be at particular risk of developing acute renal failure. Drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin system can cause hyperkalemia.
The adverse reactions that occurred in placebo-controlled clinical trials in at least 2% of patients treated with Amlodipine and Valsartan Tablets but at a higher incidence in amlodipine/valsartan patients than placebo included peripheral edema, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, and dizziness.
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 to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com
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