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November 05, 2002 4:24 p.m.
Teva Intends to Appeal Court Ruling on Fosamax®

Jerusalem, Israel, November 5, 2002 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that Judge Farnan of the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday upheld a patent covering Fosamax® (alendronate sodium), a product of Merck & Co., Inc. The case had been brought by Merck against Teva and Zenith Goldline Pharmaceuticals, a unit of Ivax Pharmaceuticals, Inc. as a result of the patent challenge provisions of Paragraph IV of the Hatch Waxman Act.

Mr. Israel Makov, President and CEO of Teva said: "We have reviewed yesterday's decision, and are, of course, disappointed. Judge Farnan found that Teva infringed a single patent. We are still analyzing the 59-page decision, but we believe that there are substantial avenues for appeal, and will be requesting an expedited review from the Federal Circuit." Merck originally alleged that Teva had willfully infringed six patents, but prior to trial it dismissed its claims on five of the six patents, and dropped its allegation of willful infringement as to the sixth.

Because of a combination of Hatch Waxman stay periods and other anticipated regulatory constraints, had Teva won this decision it would not have anticipated launching this product prior to the latter part of 2003.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 35 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world. Over 80% of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe. The Company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients.




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