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September 25, 2003 4:45 p.m.
Teva Calls 1.5% Convertible Debentures Due 2005 For Redemption

Jerusalem, Israel, September 25, 2003 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that its affiliate Teva Pharmaceutical Finance, LLC (Teva Finance) has called for redemption, on October 15, 2003 all of its outstanding 1.5% convertible senior debentures due 2005 (CUSIP Nos. 88163V AA 7, U88163 AA 5 and 88163V AB 5). The aggregate principal amount currently outstanding of the debentures is approximately $550 million.

The redemption price to be paid by Teva Finance is $1,003.75 per $1,000 principal amount of debentures. In addition, accrued and unpaid interest to, but excluding the redemption date, of $7.50 per $1,000 in principal amount of debentures will be paid to holders of record as of October 1, 2003. As an alternative to redemption, holders may request the conversion of their debentures into Teva's ADRs on or before 5:00 pm, New York City time, on October 10, 2003, at a conversion rate of approximately 23.1934 shares per $1,000 principal amount of debentures (a conversion price of $43.1157 per share).

If all the debentures are converted into Teva's ADRs, as expected, approximately 12.8 million ADRs shall be issued to the holders of the debentures.

Dan Suesskind, Chief Financial Officer, said: "We expect that the debentures holders will prefer the conversion over the redemption. This will strengthen our financial position with a reduction of a significant portion of our debt and the corresponding increase in shareholders equity, and saving of interest expenses. This conversion would not affect Teva's fully diluted EPS, which has been reported since the issuance of these debentures, on the "if converted" basis, where the underlying shares of these converts are added to the total number of issued shares with a corresponding add-back of interest and amortization of issue expenses on these debentures to net income."

Details concerning the terms and conditions of redemption or conversion will be more fully described in a Notice of Redemption that will be provided to registered holders of the debentures by the trustee and conversion agent, The Bank of New York. Holders of debentures who have questions should contact Luis Perez of The Bank of New York at 1-212-815-8387, e-mail: or Teva's investor relations department at (011) 972-3-926-7554, e-mail:

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 30 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Close to 90% of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe.

Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on current expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause Teva's future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include Teva's ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competitive generic products, the impact of competition from brand-name companies that sell their own generic products or successfully extend the exclusivity period of their branded products, Teva's ability to rapidly integrate the operations of acquired businesses, the availability of product liability coverage in the current insurance market, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structure of various countries, acceptance and demand for new pharmaceutical products and new therapies, uncertainties regarding market acceptance of innovative products newly launched, currently being sold or in development, the impact of restructuring of clients, reliance on strategic alliances, exposure to product liability claims, dependence on patent and other protections for innovative products, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, operating results and other factors that are discussed in Teva's Annual Report on Form 20-F and its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.