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May 05, 2006 1:39 p.m.
Teva Announces Global In-Market First Quarter Sales of its Blockbuster Copaxone® Increased 29% to $329 Million

Jerusalem, Israel, May 5, 2006 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today, in conjunction with the release of the Sanofi-Aventis group's financial results, that global in-market sales of Copaxone® reached a record $329 million in the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. Once again, Copaxone® was the fastest growing multiple sclerosis (MS) therapy worldwide, with a growth of 29% in sales over the comparable quarter of 2005.

U.S. sales in the first quarter 2006 increased 36% over the first quarter 2005 to $221 million. According to IMS data in the US, Copaxone® continued to strengthen its position as market leader reaching market share of 33.9% in TRx and 34.9% in NRx in March 2006.

For the first quarter 2006, sales outside the U.S., mainly in Europe, increased by 17% over the comparable quarter of 2005, to $108 million.

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.



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