Healthcare Industry News:  Teva Pharma 


 News Release - September 16, 2009

Plan B(R) One-Step Emergency Contraception Now Available At U.S. Pharmacies

New Single-dose Formulation Now OTC for Consumers 17 and Older

September 16, 2009 - (HSMN NewsFeed) - Plan B(R) One-Step ( is available over-the-counter (OTC) at the pharmacy for consumers age 17 or older with government-issued proof-of-age identification. Women younger than age 17 will require a prescription to purchase Plan B(R) One-Step.

“Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner it’s taken, and Plan B(R) One-Step allows women to act quickly after the unexpected happens because it’s only one pill that’s taken in one dose,” comments Amy Niemann, General Manager, Senior Vice President of Teva Women’s Health.

“Since the FDA expanded OTC access to those 17 and older, more women now have access to Plan B(R) One-Step when they need it,” notes Dr. Kathy Besinque, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. “It’s important to remember that emergency contraception is sold from behind the pharmacy counter. The Plan B(R) One-Step web site has a helpful tool that facilitates a private purchase at the pharmacy—just hand the Patient Request Card to the pharmacist and you don’t have to say a word.”

Visit to download the Plan B(R) One-Step Patient Request Card.

About Plan B(R) One-Step

When taken as directed, within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, Plan B(R) One-Step is highly effective in reducing the chance of pregnancy. About seven out of eight women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant after taking it. Plan B(R) One-Step should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex—the sooner it is taken, the more effective it will be. Plan B(R) One-Step will not work if a woman is already pregnant and it will not terminate an existing pregnancy.

About Teva

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.

Important Safety Information


Plan B(R) One-Step isn’t effective if you’re already pregnant, and it won’t terminate an existing pregnancy. Plan B(R) One-Step doesn’t protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, or dizziness. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical help. Important product information is available on, by calling 1-800-330-1271, or by speaking to your pharmacist. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA at or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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

This release contains forward-looking statements, which express the current beliefs and expectations of management. Such statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to: our ability to successfully develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products, the introduction of competing generic equivalents, the extent to which we may obtain U.S. market exclusivity for certain of our new generic products and regulatory changes that may prevent us from utilizing exclusivity periods, potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final resolution of outstanding patent litigation, including that relating to the generic versions of Neurontin(R), Lotrel(R), Protonix(R) and Ortho Tri-Cyclen(R) Lo, the current economic conditions, 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 effects of competition on our innovative products, especially Copaxone(R) sales, dependence on the effectiveness of our patents and other protections for innovative products, the impact of consolidation of our distributors and customers, the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation and pending legislation that could affect the pharmaceutical industry, our ability to achieve expected results though our innovative R&D efforts, the difficulty of predicting U.S. Food and Drug Administration, European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authority approvals, the uncertainty surrounding the legislative and regulatory pathway for the registration and approval of biotechnology-based products, the regulatory environment and changes in the health policies and structures of various countries, supply interruptions or delays that could result from the complex manufacturing of our products and our global supply chain, our ability to successfully identify, consummate and integrate acquisitions, including the integration of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the potential exposure to product liability claims to the extent not covered by insurance, our exposure to fluctuations in currency, exchange and interest rates, significant operations worldwide that may be adversely affected by terrorism, political or economical instability or major hostilities, our ability to enter into patent litigation settlements and the intensified scrutiny by the U.S. government, the termination or expiration of governmental programs and tax benefits, impairment of intangible assets and goodwill, environmental risks, and other factors that are discussed in this report and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Plan B(R) is a registered trademark of Women’s Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Source: Teva Pharmaceutical

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