Azilect Shown to Be a Selective MAO-B Inhibitor

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 3, 2008 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) today announced results of a study in which Azilect(R) (rasagiline tablets) demonstrated selective MAO-B inhibition at the approved dose of 1mg. Non selective MAO inhibitors may have some contra indications with certain foods and drugs. These limitations are not associated with selective MAO inhibitors and therefore they can be broadly prescribed.

Based on these positive results, Teva will work with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to modify the AZILECT(R) label to reflect this data.

Selectivity was tested by evaluating the interaction between tyramine and rasagiline in healthy subjects. This double blind placebo controlled study was conducted in order to comply with the FDA's requirement for full characterization of rasagiline's selectivity. In the study, rasagiline was compared to phenelzine, a known non-selective inhibitor.

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the world's 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.

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Contact

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Elana Holzman, 972 (3) 926-7554
or
Teva North America
Kevin Mannix, 215-591-8912

 

Posted: November 2008

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