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|April 30, 2008 3:07 p.m.|
|Teva Announces Global In-Market First Quarter Sales Of Copaxone® Increased 35% To $542 Million|
|Jerusalem, Israel, April 30, 2008 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today, in conjunction with the release of the Sanofi-aventis group's financial results, that global in-market sales of Copaxone® in the first quarter of 2008 grew by 35% as compared to the first quarter of 2007 and reached a quarterly record of $542 million. |
In the U.S., after achieving sales leadership in the multiple sclerosis market in 2007, Copaxone® continues the trend of growth in both sales and market share with first quarter net sales of $311 million, an increase of 20 percent over the first quarter of 2007.
Copaxone continues to gain market share outside the U.S. as well. Sales outside the U.S. increased 64 percent over the first quarter of 2007, reaching $231 million. This extraordinary growth rate for sales outside the U.S. is not indicative of the growth expected in future quarters.
Teva will provide additional information on its Copaxone results during its scheduled investor conference call on May 6, 2008.
As previously announced, pursuant to the agreement with Sanofi-aventis, Teva assumed responsibility for distribution of Copaxone® in the U.S. and Canada as of April 1, 2008.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world's leading generic pharmaceutical company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.
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