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October 12, 2003 4:46 p.m.
Teva And Lundbeck Announce European Submission Of Rasagiline As A Treatment For Parkinson's Disease

Jerusalem, Israel, October 12, 2003 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) and H. Lundbeck A/S (CSE: LUN.CO) announced today that the rasagiline regulatory file has been submitted to the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). This submission is based on data from three Phase III clinical trials which included over 1500 PD patients, and follows the recent U.S. and Canadian submissions.

Rasagiline is a novel, potent, second-generation reversible monoamine oxidase type B(MAO-B) inhibitor. It differs from earlier propargylamine MAO-B inhibitors in its chemical structure, its greater potency and lack of amphetamine metabolites.

Upon receiving approval, rasagiline will be co-marketed in Europe by Teva and H. Lundbeck A/S as part of a long term strategic alliance between the two companies.

Rasagiline is a joint development of Teva, Lundbeck and the Technion-Israel institute of Technology.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, headquartered in Israel, is among the top 30 pharmaceutical companies in the world. The company develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Close to 90 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe Teva's innovative R&D focuses on developing novel drugs for diseases of the central nervous system.

H. Lundbeck A/S is an international pharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development, production, marketing and sale of drugs for the treatment of psychiatric and neurological disorders.





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