PRESS RELEASE: US federal appeals court temporarily stops Teva from selling its generic version of fAMVIR

US federal appeals court temporarily stops Teva from selling its generic version of the Novartis medicine Famvir

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issues order prohibiting Teva from selling its generic version

Novartis holds valid US patents until 2015 for Famvir®, an antiviral medicine

Basel, September 10, 2007 - A US federal appeals court has approved a request by Novartis and temporarily prohibited Teva Pharamceuticals from selling its generic version of the antiviral medicine Famvir®, which has various US patents valid until 2015.
The order issued on September 7 by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction in various subject areas that include patents, requires Teva to submit a response to the court by Tuesday, September 11.
The injunction remains in effect until a decision by this court. Teva launched its generic version "at risk" since patent litigation is still ongoing, and risks potentially significant damages if Novartis prevails. A trial date has not been set.
The foregoing release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expected," or similar expressions, or by express or implied discussions regarding potential further revenues from Famvir or the potential impact of the US District Court decision and Teva's actions on Novartis AG's net sales, operating income, net income and business generally. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of Novartis AG regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results with Famvir and the impact of Teva's actions and the US District Court decision to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that Famvir will achieve any particular levels of revenue in the future. In particular, management's expectations regarding Famvir and the impact of the US District Court decision and Teva's actions could be affected by, among other things, further decisions by the US District Court with respect to the patent infringement litigation, unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally; unexpected clinical trial results, including unexpected new clinical data and unexpected additional analysis of existing clinical data; competition in general; government, industry and general public pricing pressures, and other risks and factors referred to in Novartis AG's current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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