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|July 26, 2013 1:25 p.m.|
|Teva Provides Update on COPAXONE® Litigation|
Teva is disappointed with the court’s decision with respect to four of the 2014 patents and the 2015 patent and will appeal today’s decision. Importantly, any purported generic version of COPAXONE® needs to obtain the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval prior to being made available to the public. At this point, it is unclear what the requirements would be for approval of complex synthetic peptides.
Given the complexity of COPAXONE®, Teva believes unpredictable differences between a proposed generic product and COPAXONE® could lead to immunogenic effects in patients. The inability to fully characterize the active ingredients of the product leads many experts to believe that the only way to ensure the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of any purported generic version of COPAXONE® would be through full-scale, placebo-controlled clinical trials with measured clinical endpoints (such as relapse rate) in RRMS patients.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is indicated for reduction of the frequency of relapses in patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), including patients who have experienced a first clinical episode and have MRI features consistent with multiple sclerosis.
Important Safety Information about COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection)
Patients allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol should not take COPAXONE®.
Some patients report a short-term reaction right after injecting COPAXONE®. This reaction can involve flushing (feeling of warmth and/or redness), chest tightness or pain with heart palpitations, anxiety, and trouble breathing. These symptoms generally appear within minutes of an injection, last about 15 minutes, and go away by themselves without further problems. During the post-marketing period, there have been reports of patients with similar symptoms who received emergency medical care. If symptoms become severe, patients should call the emergency phone number in their area. Patients should call their doctor right away if they develop hives, skin rash with irritation, dizziness, sweating, chest pain, trouble breathing, or severe pain at the injection site. If any of the above occurs, patients should not give themselves any more injections until their doctor tells them to begin again.
Chest pain may occur either as part of the immediate post-injection reaction or on its own. This pain should only last a few minutes. Patients may experience more than one such episode, usually beginning at least one month after starting treatment. Patients should tell their doctor if they experience chest pain that lasts for a long time or feels very intense.
A permanent indentation under the skin (lipoatrophy or, rarely, necrosis) at the injection site may occur, due to local destruction of fat tissue. Patients should follow proper injection technique and inform their doctor of any skin changes.
The most common side effects of COPAXONE® are redness, pain, swelling, itching, or a lump at the site of injection, flushing, rash, shortness of breath, and chest pain. These are not all of the possible side effects of COPAXONE®. For a complete list, patients should ask their doctor or pharmacist. Patients should tell their doctor about any side effects they have while taking COPAXONE®.
Patients are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription
drugs to the
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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 our
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: our ability to
develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products,
competition for our innovative products, especially Copaxone® (including
competition from innovative orally-administered alternatives, as well as
from potential purported generic equivalents), competition for our
generic products (including from other pharmaceutical companies and as a
result of increased governmental pricing pressures), competition for our
specialty pharmaceutical businesses, our ability to achieve expected
results through our innovative R&D efforts, the effectiveness of our
patents and other protections for innovative products, decreasing
opportunities to obtain U.S. market exclusivity for significant new
generic products, our ability to identify, consummate and successfully
integrate acquisitions, the effects of increased leverage as a result of
recent acquisitions, the extent to which any manufacturing or quality
control problems damage our reputation for high quality production and
require costly remediation, our potential exposure to product liability
claims to the extent not covered by insurance, increased government
scrutiny in both the U.S. and
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