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February 22, 2000 3:20 p.m.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. to Launch Generic Equivalent of Voltaren XR Immediately

Jerusalem, Israel, February 22, 2000 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced that it will immediately launch Diclofenac Extended Release (once-a-day) in its 100 mg dosage form.

Diclofenac Extended Release is the generic equivalent of Novartis Voltaren XR, which is indicated for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Branded sales of Voltaren XR in the United States for the twelve months ended December 31st, 1999 were $98 million.

On February 17, 2000 Biovail Corporation International (NYSE: TSE: BVF) received the first final approval from the FDA for the generic version of Voltaren XR. Teva has exclusive marketing rights from Biovail for this product amoung others for the United States.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., is Israel's largest pharmaceutical company, with 80% of its sales outside Israel, mainly in the United States and Europe. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and branded human pharmaceuticals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, medical disposables and veterinary products.






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