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March 18, 2011 4:54 p.m.
Teva Receives Positive Opinion for NOMAC/E2 from the European Committee for Medicinal Products

NOMAC-E2* is an Investigational Oral Combination Contraceptive Pill

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, March 18, 2011 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive opinion for NOMAC-E2, an investigational contraceptive pill combining 1.5 mg of 17-beta-estradiol with 2.5 mg of nomegestrol acetate in a 24/4 monophasic regimen.

Unlike currently available contraceptive pills, NOMAC-E2 is a monophasic regimen containing an estrogen which is structurally identical to the major estrogen produced by the ovaries of healthy non pregnant women, combined with a selective progesterone analogue (nomegestrol acetate).

"We are pleased with CHMP's recommendation to approve NOMAC-E2", said Gerard van Odijk, President and CEO Teva Europe. "NOMAC-E2, which became part of our innovative pipeline following the acquisition of Thramex, has the potential to expand women's choices in contraception by providing a unique oral contraceptive offering with natural estrogen in a modern regimen. If approved, NOMAC-E2 will provide an important addition to Teva's women's health product portfolio and will advance our efforts to expand our women's health franchise globally".

The CHMP issued its positive opinion following a review of data derived from clinical trials evaluating NOMAC-E2.

If approved for marketing by the European Commission, NOMAC-E2 will be marketed by Teva/Thramex in select European markets.



*NOMAC-E2 stands for nomegestrol acetate/17 beta estradiol combination.


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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,450 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on neurological, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva's leading innovative product, Copaxone®, is the number one prescribed treatment for multiple sclerosis. Teva employs approximately 40,000 people around the world and reached $16.1 billion in net sales in 2010.

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