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|Teva Announces the Launch of Generic Vagifem® in the United States|
Estradiol vaginal inserts are an estrogen indicated for the treatment of atrophic vaginitis due to menopause.
Estradiol vaginal inserts add to Teva’s existing portfolio of more than
70 women’s health products. With nearly 600 generic medicines available,
Teva has the largest portfolio of
“Our expanding portfolio of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement
therapies gives women a broader choice of products to manage their
health needs cost-effectively,” said
Estradiol vaginal inserts had annual sales of approximately
About Estradiol Vaginal Inserts
Estradiol vaginal inserts are indicated for the treatment of atrophic vaginitis due to menopause.
Important Safety Information
WARNING: ENDOMETRIAL CANCER, CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS, BREAST CANCER and PROBABLE DEMENTIA. There is an increased risk of endometrial cancer in a woman with a uterus who uses unopposed estrogens. Estrogen-alone therapy should not be used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or dementia. Increased risks of stroke and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and increased risk of probable dementia in postmenopausal women 65 years of age and older have been reported with estrogen-alone therapy. Estrogen plus progestin therapy should not be used for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or dementia. Increased risks of stroke, DVT, pulmonary embolism (PE), myocardial infarction (MI), and invasive breast cancer and an increased risk of probable dementia in postmenopausal women 65 years of age and older have been reported with estrogen plus progestin therapy.
Estradiol should not be used in women with any of the following conditions: undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding; known, suspected, or history of breast cancer; known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia; active DVT, PE, or history of these conditions; active arterial thromboembolic disease (for example, stroke, and myocardial infarction), or a history of these conditions; known anaphylactic reaction or angioedema to estradiol; known liver impairment or disease; known protein C, protein S, or antithrombin deficiency, or other known thrombophilic disorders; or known or suspected pregnancy.
Systemic absorption occurs with the use of estradiol. The warnings, precautions, and adverse reactions associated with the use of systemic estrogen-alone therapy should be taken into account. Other serious adverse reactions associated with estrogen administration include: increased risk of gallbladder disease; severe hypercalcemia in women with breast cancer and bone metastases; retinal vascular thrombosis; elevated blood pressure; hypertriglyceridemia; increased thyroid-binding globulin (TBG) levels; fluid retention; and hypocalcemia. Estrogen administration may exacerbate: endometriosis, symptoms of angioedema in women with hereditary angioedema, asthma, diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, migraine, porphyria, systemic lupus erythematosus, and hepatic hemangiomas.
A few cases of local abrasion induced by the estradiol applicator have been reported, especially in women with severely atrophic vaginal mucosa. In prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 5 percent) were upper respiratory tract infection, headache, abdominal pain, back pain, genital pruritus, moniliasis, vulvovaginal mycotic infection and diarrhea.
For more information, please see accompanying Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning.
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 Vagifem®, 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:
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.
1 Vagifem® is a registered trademark of
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.