-- New OC Offers Innovative Combination which Includes a Natural Estrogen in a Convenient Dosing Regimen --
-- Teva Holds Marketing Rights in Four Key European Countries --
-- Launch Expected Before End 2011 --
JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NASDAQ: TEVA) announced today that its new oral contraceptive, ZOELY™ (NOMAC/E2 –nomegestrol acetate 2.5 mg/17β-estradiol 1.5 mg), has received a Marketing Authorization in the European Union (EU) for the prevention of pregnancy. This clears the way to allow the product to be launched in Europe by the end of 2011.
Unlike currently available contraceptive pills, ZOELY™ is a combined oral contraceptive (COC) tablet containing a unique monophasic combination of 2 steroid hormones; 17-beta estradiol, an estrogen that is structurally identical to the major estrogen produced by the ovaries of healthy non-pregnant women, and nomegestrol acetate, a highly selective progesterone-derived progestin. This innovative combination will be made available in a convenient 24 day active and 4 day placebo dosing regimen.
“The EU Marketing Authorization for ZOELY™ marks an important step in creating a strong women’s healthcare franchise for Teva in Europe,” said Dr Gerard van Odijk, President and CEO of Teva Europe. “The acquisition of Théramex in January this year gives us a platform to leverage our capability in women’s healthcare, and the launch of ZOELY™ is part of our developing business in this area.”
Teva holds exclusive marketing rights for ZOELY™ in France, Italy, Belgium and Spain and expects the first launch by the end of the year.
The approval of ZOELY™ applies to the 27 EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,300 molecules and a direct presence in 60 countries. Teva's branded businesses focus on neurological, respiratory and women's health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva currently employs approximately 42,000 people around the world and reached $16.1 billion in net sales in 2010.
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