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February 22, 2005 10:13 a.m.
Teva and Lundbeck Announce European Approval for AZILECT® (rasagiline) 1mg for Parkinson's Disease

Approved for use as monotherapy in early disease and adjunct therapy in moderate to advanced stages

Jerusalem, Israel and Copenhagen, Denmark, February 22, 2005 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) and H. Lundbeck A/S announced today that the European Commission issued a Marketing Authorisation valid throughout the European Union for the medicinal product AZILECT® (rasagiline 1mg, once daily), for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) both as monotherapy in patients with early PD and as adjunct treatment in moderate to advanced disease. The companies intend to market the product in various countries across Europe during the second quarter 2005.

Approval for AZILECT was based on data from three large, multicenter, multinational, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical studies. These studies in over 1,600 patients demonstrated that AZILECT given once daily was effective, safe and well-tolerated, whether given on its own in the early stages of PD or added to existing therapy in more advanced disease. Patients with moderate-to-advanced PD experienced significant improvements in 'on-off' fluctuations and motor function when AZILECT was added to levodopa and other PD medications.

About AZILECT®
AZILECT is a novel, potent, second generation, highly selective, irreversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase-B (MOA-B), the enzyme that breaks down dopamine in the central nervous system. Inhibition of MOA-B reverses the depletion of dopamine, which is responsible for the characteristic symptoms of PD - tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. AZILECT has a side effect profile that is similar to placebo, and data from studies has confirmed its very good tolerability and acceptability for PD patients.

The development of AZILECT is part of a long-term strategic alliance for co-development in Parkinson's disease and European marketing between Lundbeck and Teva.

AZILECT is a joint development of Teva and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.


About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. Symptoms include tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness, gait and posture problems.

As the disease progresses, symptoms worsen and the patient is likely to experience motor complications, including a fluctuating response to treatment. During "on" states, medication works effectively, but during "off" states, which correspond to the medication wearing off between doses, patients experience relatively poor function and mobility.

PD affects men and women equally, and an estimated four million people worldwide suffer from the disease, which typically occurs at a late age. Approximately 1% of the population over the age of 65 suffer from PD. It is estimated that well over one million people in the EU suffer from PD. In 2003, the worldwide market for PD drugs was valued at USD 2.2 billion with approximately 40% of this in Europe.

About Teva
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 25 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 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.

About Lundbeck
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. In 2003, the company's revenue was DKK 9.9 billion. The number of employees is approx. 5,000.




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