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PARSIPPANY, N.J. & JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its affiliates today announced a settlement agreement with both Cuyahoga and Summit counties of Ohio. The settlement resolves the counties’ claims and removes Teva from the Track 1 opioid litigation. Under the terms of the settlement, the Company will provide the two counties with the critical opioid treatment medication buprenorphine naloxone (sublingual tablets), known by the brand name Suboxone®, valued at $25 million (at wholesale acquisition cost) and distributed over three years to help in the care and treatment of people suffering from addiction (to be allocated at each county’s discretion) and a cash payment in the amount of $20 million, to be paid over three years.
The Company also confirms that there is an agreement in principle with a group of attorneys general from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas, as well as certain defendants, for a global settlement framework. The framework is designed to provide a mechanism by which the Company attempts to seek resolution of remaining potential and pending opioid claims by both the states and political subdivisions. Under this agreement, Teva would donate buprenorphine naloxone (sublingual tablets), in quantities of up to the amount needed to meet the majority of the currently estimated U.S. patient need over the next 10 years, with a value of approximately $23 billion (at wholesale acquisition cost). Buprenorphine naloxone is the primary drug used to treat opioid addiction. The Teva product donation will significantly contribute to the care and treatment of people suffering from addiction and assist impacted communities. Teva would also provide a cash payment of up to $250 million over 10 years.
The Company is pleased to positively contribute to solving the nationwide opioid epidemic. Teva has consistently committed to complying with all laws and regulations regarding its manufacture and sale of opioids. Neither settlement includes an admission of liability.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) has been developing and producing medicines to improve people’s lives for more than a century. We are a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Around 200 million people around the world take a Teva medicine every day, and are served by one of the largest and most complex supply chains in the pharmaceutical industry. Along with our established presence in generics, we have significant innovative research and operations supporting our growing portfolio of specialty and biopharmaceutical products. Learn more at www.tevapharm.com.
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