Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) announces the launch of the generic equivalent of Lomedia® 24 Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP, 1 mg/20 mcg and ferrous fumarate tablets, 75 mg) as part of the extensive line of Women’s Health products. The product will be launched under the name Junel® Fe 24 (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP and ferrous fumarate tablets) and is now available in the United States.
Teva recognizes that women’s needs change over time and the portfolio of Women’s Health products is positioned to support women through many stages of life. With the addition of Junel® Fe 24, Teva can offer women a comprehensive line of nearly 30 generic contraceptive products.
Lomedia® 24 Fe marketed by Amneal had annual sales of approximately $32 million in the United States, according to IMS data as of December 2014.
About Junel® Fe 24 Tablets
Junel® Fe 24 is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception. Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Important Safety Information
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from oral contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with the extent of smoking (in epidemiologic studies, 15 or more cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly increased risk) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should be strongly advised not to smoke.
Oral contraceptives should not be used in women who currently have the following conditions: thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic disorders; a past history of deep vein thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic disorders; cerebrovascular or coronary artery disease (current or history); valvular heart disease with thrombogenic complications; severe hypertension; diabetes with vascular involvement; headaches with focal neurological symptoms; major surgery with prolonged immobilization; known or suspected carcinoma of the breast or personal history of breast cancer; carcinoma of the endometrium or other known or suspected estrogen-dependent neoplasia; undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding; cholestatic jaundice of pregnancy or jaundice with prior pill use; hepatic adenomas or carcinomas, or active liver disease; known or suspected pregnancy; hypersensitivity to any component of this product.
An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives: thrombophlebitis; arterial thromboembolism; pulmonary embolism; myocardial infarction; cerebral hemorrhage; cerebral thrombosis; hypertension; gallbladder disease; and hepatic adenomas or benign liver tumors.
The most common adverse events reported by 2 to 6% of the 743 women using Junel Fe 24 were the following, in order of decreasing incidence: headache, vaginal candidiasis, upper respiratory infection, nausea, menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, sinusitis, vaginitis (bacterial), abnormal cervical smear, acne, urinary tract infection, mood swings, weight gain, vomiting, and metrorrhagia.
Please see accompanying Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warning.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 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 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
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