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January 27, 2006 1:26 p.m.
Teva Announces Pricing of $1.25 Billion of Convertible Debentures

Jerusalem, Israel, January 27, 2006 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that it priced its offering, through several special purpose finance subsidiaries, of $750 million of 1.75% convertible senior debentures maturing in 2026, which may be redeemed by Teva's finance subsidiary in five years and repurchased by Teva's finance subsidiary at investors' option in five, ten or fifteen years and $500 million of 0.25% convertible senior debentures maturing in 2026, which may be redeemed by Teva's finance subsidiary in two years and repurchased by Teva's finance subsidiary at investors' option in two, five, ten or fifteen years.

These debentures will be guaranteed by Teva. The debentures are convertible into American Depositary Receipts of Teva at the conversion price of U.S. $51.26 per ADR, a premium of 25% over the closing price of the ADRs on Nasdaq on January 26, 2006, in the case of the 1.75% convertible senior debentures and at the conversion price of U.S. $47.16 per ADR, a premium of 15%, in the case of the 0.25% convertible senior debentures.

Teva's finance subsidiaries have also granted to the underwriters options to purchase an additional $112,500,000 million aggregate principal amount of the 1.75% convertible senior debentures and an additional $75,000,000 million aggregate principal amount of the 0.25% convertible senior debentures, in each case, solely to cover over-allotments.

These debentures are being offered pursuant to Teva's effective shelf registration statement, which was previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and became effective on December 20, 2005. The offering of the $750 million of convertible senior debentures are being made by a group of underwriters led by Lehman Brothers Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc., and the offering of the $500 million of convertible senior debentures is being made by Lehman Brothers Inc., Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. as underwriters. Offers and sales of the convertible senior debentures may be made only by the related prospectus and prospectus supplement, which may be obtained from Lehman Brothers Inc., c/o ADP Financial Services, Prospectus Fulfillment, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717. Email: monica_castillo@adp.com or Fax request to (631) 254-7268. Teva currently expects that the offering will be completed on January 31, 2006.

Teva's finance subsidiaries expect to use the proceeds from these offerings to refinance short term bank borrowings that were incurred in connection with the acquisition of IVAX Corporation.

Teva expects to price the previously announced offering by one of its finance subsidiaries of senior notes in the aggregate principal amount of $1.5 billion later today.

This announcement shall not constitute an offer to sell nor the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the above described securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities law of any such state.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 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 management's current beliefs and 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 whether and when the proposed acquisition of IVAX Corporation will be consummated and the terms of any conditions imposed in connection with such closing, the terms and conditions of the financing utilized by Teva for the IVAX acquisition, Teva's ability to rapidly integrate IVAX's operations and achieve expected synergies, 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 or license their own generic products under generic trade dress and at generic prices (so called "authorized generics") or seek to delay the introduction of generic products, regulatory changes that may prevent Teva from exploiting exclusivity periods, potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final court decision, including that relating to the generic versions of Neurontin® and Allegra®, the effects of competition on Copaxone® sales, 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, European Medicines Association and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structure of various countries, Teva's ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions, exposure to product liability claims, dependence on patent and other protections for innovative products, significant operations outside the United States that may be adversely affected by terrorism or major hostilities, 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. 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.