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November 07, 2006 2:01 p.m.
Teva Announces $600 Million Securities Repurchase Program

Jerusalem, Israel, November 7, 2006 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase, including through one or more subsidiaries, up to an aggregate of $600 million of its ordinary shares/ADRs and convertible debentures of its finance subsidiaries. The repurchase program, Teva's third such program in recent years, is designed to enhance shareholder value and to offset dilution due to share issuances under the Company's employee compensation plans.

Given the Company's strong cash position and cash flow, the board believes that after the repurchase program, the Company will remain with sufficient internal resources to fully execute its long-term business development strategy, including future acquisitions of products, technology and entities, expansion of its generic and innovative R&D programs and meeting its other capital requirements.

The timing of repurchases and the exact number of securities to be purchased will depend upon prevailing market conditions and other factors. Repurchases under this program will be made using the Teva Group's own cash resources and may be commenced or suspended at any time or from time-to-time. Repurchases may be made from time to time at prevailing prices in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. Any such purchases will be effected under the supervision of a special committee of the Board.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the leading generic pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients, as well as animal health pharmaceutical products. Over 80 percent 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 managements current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause Tevas 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 risks relating to: Teva's ability to accurately predict future market conditions including pricing and margins with regard to sales of the generic version of Protonix®, potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final resolution of outstanding patent litigation, including that relating to the generic versions of Allegra®, Neurontin®, Lotrel® Famvir® and Protonix®, Teva`s ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competing generic equivalents, the extent to which Teva may obtain U.S. market exclusivity for certain of its new generic products and regulatory changes that may prevent Teva from utilizing exclusivity periods, competition from brand-name companies that are under increased pressure to counter generic products, or competitors that seek to delay the introduction of generic products, the impact of consolidation of our distributors and customers, the effects of competition on our innovative products, especially 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 Agency and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structures of various countries, our ability to achieve expected results though our innovative R&D efforts, Tevas ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions, potential exposure to product liability claims to the extent not covered by insurance, dependence on the effectiveness of our patents and other protections for innovative products, significant operations worldwide that may be adversely affected by terrorism, political or economical instability or major hostilities, supply interruptions or delays that could result from the complex manufacturing of our products and our global supply chain, environmental risks, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, and other factors that are discussed in Tevas 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 or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.