Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals and UCB Announce U.S. Respiratory Collaboration Agreement
NORTH WALES, Pa. & ATLANTA -- Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. respiratory therapy unit of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) and UCB (Euronext: UCB) today announced an agreement to co-commercialize Tevaâ€™s U.S. respiratory medicines. The initial product to be jointly promoted in the U.S. is Tevaâ€™s ProAirÂ®HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol. ProAirÂ®HFA is the number-one branded hydrofluroalkane (HFA) albuterol sulfate inhaler in the U.S. Additionally, the agreement will provide UCB future joint promotion opportunities with other products in development by Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
â€œOver the last months we have undertaken a rich, strategic review globally across regions, therapy areas and business units,â€ said William S. Marth, President and CEO of Teva North America. â€œThe respiratory therapy area has been identified as a key growth area given the incidence of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Our collaboration with UCB, a company known for excellence in the respiratory market, will help us achieve a stronger presence in this growing therapeutic area.â€
â€œUCB is focused on discovering and commercializing medicines to treat serious conditions, including asthma, and we are committed to expanding our portfolio because we believe ProAirÂ®HFA has the potential to improve patient treatment options,â€ said Fabrice Egros, President and CEO, UCB North America. â€œWe look forward to working with Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals for the benefit of the many Americans who suffer from this condition.â€
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., headquartered in Israel, is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world and is the leading generic pharmaceutical company. The company develops, manufactures and markets generic, branded and innovative human pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Over 80 percent of Teva's sales are in North America and Europe. Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals is the U.S. respiratory therapy unit of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
UCB is a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical and biotechnology products in the fields of central nervous system disorders, allergy/respiratory diseases, immune and inflammatory disorders and oncology. Employing approximately 12,000 people in more than 40 countries, UCB achieved revenue of $4.6 billion (3.5 billion euro) in 2006 on a pro forma basis. UCB is listed on the Euronext Brussels Exchange. Worldwide headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium, and U.S. headquarters are located in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about UCB, visit www.ucb-group.com.
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