JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) today announced the launch of the Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe1 (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets) 1 mg/20 mcg in the U.S.
The Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe is an estrogen/progestin combined oral contraceptive indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy.
This Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe adds to Teva’s existing portfolio of more than 50 oral contraceptives. In the U.S., one of every two oral contraceptive prescriptions is filled with a product marketed by Teva.2
With nearly 600 generic medicines available, Teva has the largest portfolio of FDA-approved generic products on the market and holds the leading position in first-to-file opportunities, with over 100 pending first-to-files in the U.S. Currently, one in six generic prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. is filled with a Teva generic product.
Minastrin® 24 Fe had annual sales of approximately $361 million in the U.S. according to IMS data as of December 2016.3
About the Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets)
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
The Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe is an estrogen/progestin combination oral contraceptive (COC) indicated for use by females of reproductive age to prevent pregnancy. Efficacy in women with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 35 kg/m2 has not been evaluated.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
WARNING: CIGARETTE SMOKING AND SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular events from combination oral contraceptive (COC) use. This risk increases with age, particularly in women over 35 years of age, and with the number of cigarettes smoked. For this reason, COCs should not be used by women who are over 35 years of age and smoke.
The Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe is contraindicated in pregnant patients, and those with a high risk of arterial or venous thrombotic diseases, liver tumors (benign or malignant) or liver disease, undiagnosed abnormal uterine bleeding, or breast cancer or other estrogen- or progestin-sensitive cancer, now or in the past.
Warnings and Precautions
Discontinue norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets if a thrombotic event occurs, and at least 4 weeks before and through 2 weeks after major surgery. Norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets should not be started any earlier than 4 weeks after delivery, in women who are not breastfeeding. If jaundice occurs, treatment should be discontinued.
The Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe should not be prescribed for women with uncontrolled hypertension or hypertension with vascular disease. Women who are prediabetic or diabetic, should be monitored while using the Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe. Alternate contraceptive methods should be considered for women with uncontrolled dyslipidemia. Patients using the Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe who have a significant change in headaches or irregular bleeding or amenorrhea should be evaluated.
In the clinical trial for the Authorized Generic of Minastrin® 24 Fe, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥2%) were headache, vaginal candidiasis, nausea, menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, bacterial vaginitis, abnormal cervical smear, acne, mood swings, and weight gain.
Patients should be counseled that COCs do not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by approximately 200 million patients in 100 markets every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,800 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has the world-leading innovative treatment for multiple sclerosis as well as late-stage development programs for other disorders of the central nervous system, including movement disorders, migraine, pain and neurodegenerative conditions, as well as a broad portfolio of respiratory products. Teva is leveraging its generics and specialty capabilities in order to seek new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2016 were $21.9 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
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1 Minastrin® is a registered trademark of Allergan
Pharmaceuticals International Limited.
2 IMS Health NPA data as of November 2016.
3 IMS Health NPA data as of December 2016.