JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries [NYSE and TASE: TEVA] has announced that Teva and the Procter & Gamble Company [NYSE: PG] have agreed to terminate the PGT Healthcare partnership that the two companies established in 2011 to market OTC (Over The Counter) medicines. The separation is planned to take effect July 1, 2018 subject to receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. No significant (material) net financial transfer between Teva and P&G will result from the dissolution.
PGT Healthcare has grown into a significant presence in over 50 countries, mainly in Europe and Asia, using market-leading brands such as Vick’s and ratiopharm. However after nearly seven years working together, the companies concluded that their priorities and strategies are no longer closely aligned and each company will take back its own brand and product assets to re-establish independent OTC businesses.
“We have significantly benefited from the PGT partnership and we are parting on good terms”, said Sven Dethlefs, Executive Vice President Global Marketing & Portfolio. “We will continue to build our OTC business, based on trusted brands, as a growing and long-term key business for Teva. It is a step in our wider process to bring integration and focus, and it enables us to better leverage synergies between our OTC and Generics businesses. The move creates a solid platform for a strong Teva OTC business, using the assets returning from PGT and the OTC brands acquired primarily through Actavis in 2016.”
P&G President, Global Personal Health Care, Tom Finn, commented: “The PGT Healthcare joint venture was highly successful but the decision to dissolve is in the best interest of both parties. We thank the Teva employees who have partnered with us and we wish Teva well as they operate their independent OTC business in the future.”
The separation is not expected to have a material effect (impact) on Teva’s 2018 financial outlook. As mentioned, the company will merge its OTC interests returning from PGT with a portfolio of OTC assets acquired in 2016 via the Actavis acquisition. In 2017, the combined sales from Teva’s PGT OTC products and Teva non-PGT OTC products were approximately $1 billion.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by millions of patients 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 a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2017 were $22.4 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the launch and potential benefits of Teva's generic version of Lialda®, which are based on management’s current beliefs and expectations and are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from that expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks relating to:
- commercial success of Teva's generic version of mesalamine, including due to a potential launch of an Authorized Generic version;
- our generics medicines business, including: that we are substantially more dependent on this business, with its significant attendant risks, following our acquisition of Allergan plc’s worldwide generic pharmaceuticals business (“Actavis Generics”); our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition (and any delay in realizing those benefits) or difficulties in integrating Actavis Generics; the increase in the number of competitors targeting generic opportunities and seeking U.S. market exclusivity for generic versions of significant products; price erosion relating to our generic products, both from competing products and as a result of increased governmental pricing pressures; and our ability to take advantage of high-value biosimilar opportunities;
- our business and operations in general, including: uncertainties relating to the potential benefits and success of our new organizational structure and recent senior management changes; the potential success and our ability to effectively execute a restructuring plan; our ability to develop and commercialize additional pharmaceutical products; manufacturing or quality control problems, which may damage our reputation for quality production and require costly remediation; interruptions in our supply chain; disruptions of our or third party information technology systems or breaches of our data security; the failure to recruit or retain key personnel; the restructuring of our manufacturing network, including potential related labor unrest; the impact of continuing consolidation of our distributors and customers; variations in patent laws that may adversely affect our ability to manufacture our products; adverse effects of political or economic instability, major hostilities or terrorism on our significant worldwide operations; and our ability to successfully bid for suitable acquisition targets or licensing opportunities, or to consummate and integrate acquisitions; and
- compliance, regulatory and litigation matters, including: costs and delays resulting from the extensive governmental regulation to which we are subject; the effects of reforms in healthcare regulation and reductions in pharmaceutical pricing, reimbursement and coverage; potential additional adverse consequences following our resolution with the U.S. government of our FCPA investigation; governmental investigations into sales and marketing practices; potential liability for sales of generic products prior to a final resolution of outstanding patent litigation; product liability claims; increased government scrutiny of our patent settlement agreements; failure to comply with complex Medicare and Medicaid reporting and payment obligations; and environmental risks.
and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016 (“Annual Report”) and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or other information contained herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. You are advised to consult any additional disclosures we make in our reports to the SEC on Form 6-K, as well as the cautionary discussion of risks and uncertainties under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report. These are factors that we believe could cause our actual results to differ materially from expected results. Other factors besides those listed could also materially and adversely affect us. This discussion is provided as permitted by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.