Teva’s acquisition of Barr cleared by FTC



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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (”FTC”) has accepted the proposed consent order in connection with the pending acquisition of Barr by Teva and granted early termination of the Hart Scott Rodino waiting period.

Under the consent order that has been executed by the parties and accepted for public comment by the FTC, Teva and Barr are required to divest certain formulations of 16 overlapping on-market generic drugs, representing approximately $60 million in the companies’ annual sales, and 13 overlapping pipeline generic drugs.

With the approval of the European Commission earlier today, the parties have now obtained all regulatory approvals required to close the transaction and, accordingly, have scheduled a closing date of December 23, 2008.

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have announced that they received approval from the European Commission to proceed with Teva’s acquisition of Barr. In connection with this approval, Teva and Barr are required to divest certain formulations of 17 generic drugs in certain specific countries with respect to which they have a product

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Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Barr Laboratories, Inc. has entered into separate settlement agreements related to ongoing patent challenges for Nasacort AQ (triamcinolone acetonide) nasal spray, Allegra D-12 Hour (fexofenadine hydrochloride 60mg and pseudoephedrine hydrochloride 120mg) extended-release tablets, and Allegra (fexofenadine) 30mg, 60mg and 180mg tablets. As part of the settlements, the

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has announced that its subsidiary, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., has signed an agreement with AstraZeneca to settle patent litigation involving Teva’s U.S. generic version of AstraZeneca’s Pulmicort (Budesonide) Respules including all claims for patent infringement and damages. Teva launched its generic budesonide respules in the U.S. on November 18, 2008. The

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Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has confirmed that its subsidiary, Barr Laboratories, Inc., has initiated a challenge of the patent listed by Anesta in connection with its Amrix (cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride) extended-release capsules, 15mg and 30mg. Barr filed its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) containing a paragraph IV certification for a generic version of Amrix with the U.S.

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Codexis, Inc. today announced a licensing agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., to produce an important publicly-undisclosed generic product, using a proprietary Codexis biocatalyst. Teva, the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world, is a leading producer of this generic product. The product is one of the largest- selling generic prescription drugs in the United

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