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 News Release - July 23, 2008

Teva Completes Acquisition of Bentley Pharmaceuticals

Teva Gains a Strong Platform to Become a Leading Player in Spain

JERUSALEM--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA ) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: BNT ), which will operate in Spain under the Teva name. At closing, Bentley consisted solely of its generic pharmaceutical operations, following the spin-off of its drug delivery business to its stockholders on June 30, 2008. The aggregate purchase price paid by Teva was approximately $360 million in cash, or approximately $14.82 per Bentley share.

As one of the fastest growing markets in Europe, Spain was identified as a target market in the Company's 5-year strategic plan. This acquisition is expected to provide Teva with a platform to capture a leading position in the Spanish generics market. As previously announced, Teva expects that the acquisition will become accretive within 12 months of closing.

Bentley manufactures and markets a portfolio of approximately 130 pharmaceutical products in various dosages and strengths, as both branded generic and generic products, to physicians, pharmacists and hospitals. Bentley markets its products primarily in Spain, but also sells generic pharmaceuticals in other parts of the European Union. These efforts are supported by finished dosage and active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing facilities. Bentley's generic pharmaceutical operations generated revenues of approximately $114 million for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Teva initially established a presence in Spain in 2004. Since then, TEVA Genericos Espanola, S.L. has introduced more than 60 products targeted both to hospitals and pharmacies. Teva is currently the fourth largest generic company in Spain in the hospital market. Teva, through the combination of its existing operations in Spain and Bentley’s operations, will offer the Spanish market over 170 products (in approximately 465 presentations) and will have over 45 products pending generic product registrations.

About Teva

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 and innovative pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Over 80 percent of Teva’s sales are in North America and Western Europe.

Safe Harbor Statement under the U. S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

The statements, analyses and other information contained herein relating to the proposed merger and anticipated synergies, savings and financial and operating performance, including estimates for growth, trends in each of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s and Barr Pharmaceutical, Inc.’s operations and financial results, the markets for Teva's and Barr’s products, the future development of Teva's and Barr’s business, and the contingencies and uncertainties to which Teva and Barr may be subject, as well as other statements including words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “may” and other similar expressions, are “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements a re made based upon management’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future events and their potential effects on the company.

Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include whether and when the proposed acquisition will be consummated and the terms of any conditions imposed in connection with such closing, Teva's ability to rapidly integrate Barr’s operations and achieve expected synergies, diversion of management time on merger-related issues, Teva and Barr’s ability to accuratel predict future market conditions, potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final resolution of outstanding patent litigation, including that relating to the generic versions of Allegra®, Neurontin®, Lotrel®, Famvir® and Protonix®, Teva’s and Barr’s ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competing generic equivalents, the extent to which Teva or Barr may obtain U.S. market exclusivity for certain of their new generic products and regulatory changes that may prevent Teva or Barr from utilizing exclusivity periods, competition from brand-name companies that are under increased pressure to counter generic products, or competitors that seek to delay the introduction of generic products, the impact of consolidation of our distributors and customers, the effects of competition on our innovative products, especially Copaxone® sales, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authority approvals, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structures of various countries, our ability to achieve expected results though our innovative R&D efforts, Teva’s ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions (including the pending acquisition of Bentley Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), potential exposure to product liability claims to the extent not covered by insurance, dependence on the effectiveness of our patents and other protections for innovative products, significant operations worldwide that may be adversely affected by terrorism, political or economical instability or major hostilities, supply interruptions or delays that could result from the complex manufacturing of our products and our global supply chain, environmental risks, fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, and other factors that are discussed in Teva's Annual Report on Form 20-F, Barr’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and their other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and neither Teva nor Ivax undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger involving Teva and Barr. In connection with the proposed merger, Teva will be filing a registration statement on Form F-4 containing a proxy statement/prospectus for the stockholders of Barr, and Barr will be filing a proxy statement for the stockholders of Barr, and each will be filing other documents regarding the proposed transaction, with the SEC. Before making any voting or investment decision, Barr’s stockholders and investors are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the merger and any other relevant documents carefully in their entirety when they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Once filed, the registration statement containing the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents will be available free of charge at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. You will also be able to obtain the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents free of charge by contacting Barr Investor Relations at 201-930-3720 or Teva Investor Relations at 972-3-926-7554 / 215-591-8912.

Teva, Barr and their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to participate in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transactions. Information regarding Barr’s directors and executive officers is available in Barr’s proxy statement for its 2007 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on May 15, 2008 and information regarding Teva's directors and executive officers is available in Teva's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2007, which was filed with the SEC on February 29, 2008. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement/prospectus and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.


Source: Teva Pharmaceutical

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